Friday, May 6, 2011

Fab Flick Friday: One Fine Day

There are some things that get better with age. Vintage clothing. Certain cheeses. George Clooney.

That’s right, friends – Dr. Doug Ross turns fifty today!

It’s not one specific thing that makes George Clooney so irresistible. He’s gorgeous, but a lot of people are gorgeous. He’s charming, but there’s a market on that as well. There’s just something so…Clooneyesque about him. That sparkle in the eye. That perfect sense of humor. The way he carries himself. His intelligence. He’s completely true to who he is, and because of that, we can never, ever (ever) get enough of him.

Let’s face it, he could make a six hour film where he does nothing but sit there and knit a pair of socks, and we’d go. And enjoy it. Because it’s Clooney, and he would own that knitting.

Fortunately for us, George Clooney makes fantastic movies. Whether it’s a political thriller, a quirky comedy or a charm-filled heist flick, the man does not disappoint.

How could he disappoint? He’s Clooney.

In honor of his birthday, today’s pick for Fab Flick Friday is my favorite of Clooney’s films. Is it his most famous movie? One with multiple Academy Award nominations? No. Is it a complete delight? The kind of movie you could watch a million times over and never tire of because it is just so cute? Absolutely.

Obviously, I’m talking about One Fine Day.

If you’ve never seen One Fine Day, you’ve clearly never stayed home on a Sunday afternoon watching TBS. (It’s usually sandwiched between something like Never Been Kissed and Someone Like You.) It stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Melanie, an overworked, controlling-because-she-has-to-be single mom, who meets Clooney’s Jack, a laid back, “things will work themselves out” single dad. When a mixup (okay, Jack) causes their kids to miss the school field trip, they find that their only option is to rely on each other – because of course it happens to be the make it or break it day of each of their careers. Clooney and Pfeiffer have great chemistry, the kids are adorable (you’ll recognize Jack’s daughter Maggie as Amber from Parenthood), the soundtrack is fantastic, and when it comes right down to it, who doesn’t love a movie where two people who can’t stop bickering turn out to be perfectly and completely meant for each other?

Watching One Fine Day makes me wish that George Clooney would make more romantic comedies. I know, I know, he’s a serious, Oscar-nominated actor, but the way he charms his way through this film is like a flashback to a classic Cary Grant vehicle. Whether he’s offering his daughter Tic Tacs when she says she’s hungry or telling Melanie she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, Clooney is so charismatic and engaging that you never want the movie to end. And why would you? I repeat: It’s George Clooney. 

So join me in wishing a very happy birthday to the most deliciously dapper man in the land. Fifty never looked so good!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, George. Happy belated birthday. Please make more movies. Be as prolific as Woody Allen without the decline in quality. (As though George would need that qualifier.)

    I have to say that, much as I love One Fine Day, nothing can touch Good Night, and Good Luck. He was robbed of that directing Oscar (not to mention Best Picture).