While incredibly heartbreaking and a work of great understanding and maturity, my issue is that it isn't all that memorable. Plus, some scenes feel forced such as when they are all playing cards. Granted, it still does work to an extent as it shows, without judging unfairly, why the grandparents can't fit in the world their children occupy.
peter bogdonovich's orson welles's impression/quote in the CC interview is probably the best description of this film: "OH MY GOD. THIS IS THE MOST DEPRESSING FILM EVER. IT WOULD MAKE A STONE CRY." yep, it really would.
A bit heavy handed to start, but the last sequence of the elderly Coopers having fun in New York is extremely touching. I find Victor Moore as an actor to be excruciating, but his presence is mercifully restricted, while Bondi's performance shines.
A masterpiece. One of the most moving films ever made...even if it was made by a very conservative, rabidly anti-communist director. Still, McCarey had a lot of heart and lot soul. Very hard to make a movie as genuine, tender, beautiful as this. The performances, the staging, editing were all perfect. And one of the most devastating endings ever.