Free-thinking Johnny Case finds himself betrothed to a millionaire’s daughter. When her family wants him to settle down to big business, he rebels, wishing instead to spend the early years of his life on “holiday.”
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Absolutely lovely. An inspection of the issues regarding extreme wealth and its effects on those it entangles, Grant searches for a life beyond material wealth, while those around him seek to bend him, namely his fiancee and future father-in-law. The script constantly illuminating the role of the house as a visual representation of wealth in its vastness, one room stands out as a symbol of a certain freedom.
Under-appreciated Philadelphia Story 'prequel' in which Hepburn finds her feet as the socialite with a soul, and Cary Grant plumbs the depths of the working class dreamer James Stewart would mint as Macaulay Connor (and Grant himself would replicate again in Talk of the Town). Even more overlooked perhaps is Lew Ayres, as Hepburn's alcoholic brother, who shows some real Jack Lemmon-esque acting chops.
A comedy just this side of screwball. Certainly there is serviceable comic friction to the clash of classes—who knows? maybe America's plunge into income inequality will yield sharp movies. But the moments that linger most from Cukor's advanced ode to dropping out are delicate and melancholy, so much so that if you find yourself wondering if Grant and Hepburn will end up together, you should chase that feeling.
Very well written and acted, but the second act drags. It feels as though the first act is very rushed, which could be said it's a representation of the character's hasty wedding, but then it completely slows downs at the new years party. But overall, Hepburn and Grant are super enjoyable. Very nice.
So many brilliant aspects: the bravura script, a three-dimensional Cary Grant, the pathos of Lew Ayres and Hepburn managing to be simultaneously refined and sophisticated and yet emotionally naked. One can feel a tragic subtext pulsing beneath its crackling wit and energy while the central preoccupations with meaning, conformity and love resonate deeply. Funny, delightful yet also melancholic - very special indeed.
Cary Grant, excellent as he is, is not usually to my taste in his comedies, but this was an unexpected gem. Pretty subversive for glamorous Hollywood, insightful and very smart, it balances these qualities with humour and Hepburn doing silly acrobatics. Give up the big, money-making office job to sail the seas with a couple of university professors and the "black ship" of the rich family, what a kickass idea!
A melancholic comedy. Unspoken desires and class tensions flow underneath the surface of this story of people who are just trying to find where they belong in the world. The entire cast has such magnetic chemistry, but of course Hepburn and Grant shine brightest as the pair who don't know, and then don't want to admit, that they belong together.