This film often casts plot momentum and character development aside in favor of random comedy, thus limiting the stakes the film should have. But, the quality of its wit and romance is enough to keep one entertained. While Stewart (by his own admission) doesn't quite fit his role, Hepburn and Grant both give performances that rank among their all-time best, and I liked the rest of the supporting cast as well.
While sets and the lighting and the sundry related whatnot in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY are surely topnotch, they essentially dissolve. This is a movie that fundamentally rests on actors and words. Did I say actors? This is a movie that exploits (is practically about) the supernatural powers of movie stars. Hepburn is something else, man. In 1940 the cinema could get prostrate before the majesty of a straight-up snob.
Du cinéma comme, on n'en fait plus depuis longtemps hélas, qui reste un vrai régal, un pur bonheur pour le cinéphile averti. Vraiment un incontestable chef-d'oeuvre d'humour et d'humeur en particulier la scène nocturne entre James Stewart, légèrement éméché et Cary Grant, fort dubitatif. Un succulent moment de cinéma à voir et à revoir, toutes affaires cessantes ! www.cinefiches.com