|ONE FINE DAY (1996)|
Alex D. Linz
|"I only wanted to warn you that Sammy can get into trouble faster than you can make most women smile."|
|Time: 108 mins.|
Genre: Romantic Comedy
I have to admit the only reason I went to see this movie is because of its stars. I had no real hope of it being overly enjoyable. Michelle Pfeiffer usually chooses interesting roles and George Clooney could read the phone book to me and I would be enraptured. However, what transpires here is not worth either of their talent or your time. Clooney and Pfeiffer have wonderful chemistry, but it's never fully realized, which is a true shame. Why put two of cinema's most beautiful people opposite each other if they're not going to end up together? It seems they were trying to create a film the whole family could enjoy. However, it's too adult for kids and too tame for adults. Nobody wants to see Pfeiffer and Clooney as single parents trying to survive a workday while taking care of their kids at the same time. The situations they get into are believable, but would never happen all in one day. I know, this is a movie, not real life. A little too realistic is their constant arguing and yelling. Another thing we don't want to watch these two people doing.
The film begins with them hating each other and ends with them falling asleep together after a full day of misadventures. Pardon? Falling asleep? I don't care how crazy a day I had, if I had George Clooney in my apartment, sleep would be the last thing on my To Do List. Granted, I don't have kids, so I guess I'm not an appropriate judge of this type of situation. However, if I was a single parent, I'm sure the chance for sex would keep my engines fired up. This was probably the most realistic ending they could come up with, but that doesn't make it satisfying. I put in all this time with these people and I think I deserve more than one kiss. Granted they'd only met that day, but love causes people to do crazy things, right? Especially people who looks as good as Pfeiffer and Clooney.
Falling asleep in each other's arms implies that they're going to have a future together. I just wanted to see more of it. Dump the kids and get to the good stuff. The child actors in this film play their parts well, but like most kids, they just get in the way. They didn't have much to do but act bored, bratty and tired, which their characters were, but that isn't much fun to watch. Of course, their parents never would have met if it weren't for the them, so I guess there was a decent enough reason for them to be there. It also gives Pfeiffer and Clooney a chance to stretch their acting muscles a bit, by showing them as more than pieces of meat. If this day is any indication, they're both loving, if somewhat distracted parents. Clooney starts as the screw up and redeems himself with a show of responsibility. Pfeiffer projects perfection, but shows throughout the day that she's not as together as she appears. That's about it for character development.
All in all, ONE FINE DAY isn't a bad movie, it just isn't a great movie either. Clooney and Pfeiffer each manage to be charming in their own way, but as a romantic comedy, this film barely scratches the surface of either genre. None of the problems they face are all that original, leaving them nothing much to do but smile and shrug at their inefficiencies as human beings. Maybe they need someone after all. Ahh, doesn't that leave you just all warm and fuzzy? If you like Clooney or Pfeiffer, you'll probably like this movie, but I wouldn't rush out to see it. It's something that will be more enjoyable if you don't have to pay for it.