A Perfect Day parents guide

A Perfect Day Parent Guide

Overall B+

When a man (Rob Lowe) loses his job, his wife (Paget Brewster) suggests he try writing a book. The novel's unexpected success soon has the author entertaining ideas of fame and fortune -- at the expense of his family. As the Christmas season approaches, the predictions of a mysterious stranger (Christopher Lloyd) cause the writer to re-examine what he really values.

Violence A
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B+
Substance Use B+

Why is A Perfect Day rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated A Perfect Day Not Rated

Parent Movie Review

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.

Starring Rob Lowe, Paget Brewster, Fransis Conroy, Christopher Lloyd. Updated

A Perfect Day
Rating & Content Info

Why is A Perfect Day rated Not Rated? A Perfect Day is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

A man rides the rollercoaster of career failure and success, and begins to forget the importance of family and friends. This TV movie includes some mild sexual innuendo. A married couple’s sexual intentions are implied (only a kiss is shown). A single woman kisses a married man and extends a veiled invitation for a romantic relationship. The script includes a few mild profanities and terms of deity used as an expletive. Social drinking is depicted.

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A Perfect Day Parents' Guide

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?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of A Perfect Day movie is December 10, 2007. Here are some details…

DVD Release Date: 11 December 2007

The made-for-TV movie A Perfect Day releases on DVD just in time for the holidays. Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Digital (English, French and Portuguese) and Dolby Digital (Thai), with subtitles in English, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Thai.

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Another man encumbered by the cares of the world is met by an unusual stranger who helps him see what matters most in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. An investment broker learns a similar lesson in The Family Man.