Making the Grades
Robert Harlan (Rob Lowe) heads to work one perfect morning prepared to accept a previously offered promotion. So he is completely unprepared when instead he is fired. Confused and disappointed he tells his father (Jude Ciccolella) and daughter (Maggie Geisland) he resigned, hoping that will make him look like less of a failure. However, he confesses the truth to his wife (Paget Brewster).
Loving and supportive, Allyson optimistically tells her dejected spouse to see his employment situation as a blessing and encourages him to finish writing a novel he has been working on secretly. Although it seems like a long shot, especially with the arrival of several rejection letters, Rob eventually finds a publisher willing to take a chance on his manuscript.
Camile (Frances Conroy) is not only confident she can plug his book titled A Perfect Day, but she also warns the Harlans to expect their quiet lives to change. True to her word, she schedules an extensive promotional tour that propels his story to the top of the bestseller list, while at the same time keeping the budding author away from home.
Although he misses his family, Rob can't resist being swept up in his newfound fame and self-importance. Moving in bigger and grander literary circles, beckoned by more lucrative deals and spending long hours with an attractive marketing agent (Rowena King), he soon forgets the little people behind his success.
Around the same time Rob encounters an ominous old man (Christopher Lloyd) who seems to know all about him. Even more disquieting are the self-proclaimed prophet's accusations and doomsday predictions about the writer's future. When one of these is presented with a deadline, Rob is forced to take stock of his ambitions and consider his priorities before time runs out.
Based on a novel by Richard Paul Evans, this made-for-TV movie pits fame and fortune against home and family, eventually culminating in a Christmastime gathering. With only a few mild profanities and a couple of brief moments of sexual tension, this sweet and sentimental reminder of what things should be valued most may be just what your holiday celebration needs to make it A Perfect Day.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about A Perfect Day.
Several of the characters justify actions they know will hurt others by stating, “business is business.” Do you feel that the financial success of a person or company should always be the top priority? Are there other considerations that should be taken into account?
Rob sees his job loss as a setback, while Allyson considers it an opportunity. How does this point of view affect Rob’s feelings about his former employer? What situations in your life might improve if you could see them as opportunities instead of setbacks?