All in all, I can't particularly say I cared for it, outside of the music and dance scenes. Setting aside the overly earnest corniness, what really brings the film down is the third act. The film allows its consequences to snowball and then attempts to sweep them under the rug in a way that breaks suspension of disbelief, and there really isn't a satisfying conclusion for Ivy. It's overall fun, but a bit half-baked.
Is this the best musical? No. Not even close. Gene Kelly himself has been involved with some better musicals over the years. However this film does have a certain charm. Maybe I am just blinded by my nostalgia, but I can't get enough of this film! This is Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Ann Miller all at the top of their game! What else do you even need?
Were there better musicals? Yes, and most by Kelly, but damned if this one isnt pure fun all the way through. For sheer entertainment purposes, this may be the finest made. The Prehistoric Man number featuring the great Ann Miller and her seemingly endless legs is a highpoint, as is the title song. I was grinning ear to ear thoughout the picture. Pure escapism. 5 easy stars