Michael Hoffman's manic romantic comedy serves up two charismatic leads (Michele Pfeiffer and George Clooney), a classic cute premise -- mutual loathing-at-first-sight turns to romance for a pair of single parents over the course of a single, impossibly hectic
day -- and tosses in a whirlwind tour of New York City. What's not to like? Plenty, in a film that takes such sadistic delight in the thorough humiliation of its heroine. After their youngsters both miss their scheduled field trip, control-freak architect Melanie (Pfeiffer) and slouchy,
irresponsible muckraker Jack (Clooney) find themselves thrown together, trying to juggle kids and careers on what turns out ...