Quick Hit: A predictable, fluffy love story that is sold entirely on the likeability of its leads.
Apparently I’m diving back into the 90s here, back before Clooney’s charm became only schmarm. Today we’re discussing 1996’s One Fine Day, starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer.
In the history of Rom Coms, there are only three kinds in my opinion – films where they love each other from the sight of each other, films where they love each other on sight but don’t know it, and there’s the films where they hate each other and eventually learn to love each other.
This movie thinks it’s the last kind, but really it’s in the second category. Pfeiffer and Clooney continually affirm their dislike through disagreements on each other’s parenting styles (both not very good) and how good/not good they are at their jobs. Kids continually get lost. Job performance is saved throughout the movie.
Overall, this is going to be a very short post for me, because the movie doesn’t really do anything new. It’s the definition of a standard rom-com with kids, all the way back to and from The Parent Trap, and thousands of others. It’s perfectly standard and enjoyable. It doesn’t do anything besides rely on its stars. Luckily…
Those stars are rather good. They make you believe in them, because the plot is certainly doing them no favors. It’s on their backs alone that we believe that these two characters can exist in a world and not die alone. That’s because Pfeifer is the typical (there’s that word again) 90s working woman –“ I will not be pushed around by men” (3/4 of the movie is her being pushed around by men). Clooney is typical “I’m more than just a beautiful man, I’m a father”. It’s all well and good, and it’s a great flick to pop in if you don’t really need to pay attention to anything.
Despite being average, the film is enjoyable. I’m going to give the film a “C+”.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"