• Ryan Meyers

    ★★★★½ Added by Ryan Meyers

    An man working for a magazine brings in a reporter and a photographer to crash his ex-wife's new society wedding. I didn't really care for this upon my first viewing, but something this time just clicked with me. It could have been Cary Grant pushing Kate Hepburn down by the face, it could have been Ruth Hussey's biting performance, or it could be a whole amalgamation of things. I found every performance to be tip-top except for Jimmy Stewart's who…

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  • Jonathan White

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jonathan White 04 May, 2015 10

    While not as frantic as Bringing Up Baby, Howard Hawks pairing of Grant and Hepburn, The Philadelphia story certainly has a giddy–up pace, and is even more voluminous in the infectious charm department.

    There is a confluence of stars at the top of their game, an incredible script adaptation, and a sharp as nails director who understood the material that formed a perfect storm of romantic comedy. I’ve read every scene was a single take, and the shooting schedule was…

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  • maria

    ★★★★½ Watched by maria 08 May, 2015

    the ending i wanted was the ending i got and my romantic trash self couldn't be happier

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  • Gene

    Watched by Gene 07 May, 2015

    90% frothy and charming but I was a little off-put when the very first scene involves Grant grabbing Hepburn by the face and knocking her to the floor. It's a little a scary how often wife-beating seems to be a comedy trope in old films.

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  • Cinemole

    ★★★ Watched by Cinemole 04 May, 2015

    This is definitely an unpopular opinion, but knowing about the rules enforced upon American filmmakers between the 30's and the 60's in The Hays Code just underlines how unsatisfactory this movie is. Whereas directors like Billy Wilder and Hitchcock pushed the moral ethics of the code to their absolute breaking point, creating groundbreaking cinema in the process, the Philadelphia Story ends with fifteen minutes of exposition that seems to have only been included to appease the moral ethics of the…

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  • James Knight

    ★★★½ Rewatched by James Knight 02 May, 2015

    Movie stars.

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  • Thomas Willett

    ★★★★ Watched by Thomas Willett 29 Apr, 2015

    I will admit something: I have a peeve for people who dismiss early cinema because it wasn't politically correct. The most specific example is those that see Gone with the Wind as a racist, sexist epilogue to the Civil War. Yes, it is present, but to focus on these conflicts is to ignore the richer story and the flawed characters (not to mention the cinematography and score). I will admit that maybe society is different 75 years later, but art…

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  • Sarah Shachat

    ★★★★ Added by Sarah Shachat 1

    Hollywood gave me unreasonable expectations for being drunk. My DD is never Cary Grant, it's always John Howard. The Philadelphia Story isn't my favorite Hepburn, Grant, or Stewart, but it's like #2 for all of them. Cukor knows when to be glitzy and sell the image, and when to hang back and let the actors light it up. Then he grabs some reflection from the pool and does both. Bonus points for the rock that is Ruth Hussey - she…

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  • Blaise Astra

    ★★★½ Watched by Blaise Astra 28 Apr, 2015 1

    I think the "screwball comedy" is perhaps not my sort of thing. I know this is a highly regarded classic, but of the Curow films I've seen, I much prefer Gaslight and My Fair Lady. Maybe it's just that I never got the appeal of Hepburn or Stewart, but I finished this feeling decidedly meh. It was fine, I just didn't think it lived up to the hype.

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  • Phong Nguyen

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Phong Nguyen 09 Apr, 2015

    This was the first black and white movie I ever saw and I'm glad it was. The definition of a classic, even 70 years later it's as witty, as funny and as relevant. Truly one of Katherine Hepburn's most iconic roles ever.

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  • James Kujawa

    ★★★ Watched by James Kujawa 23 Apr, 2015

    This movie doesn't get fun until the Jimmys, both Stewart and Kujawa, get drunk.

    The screenplay pricks and pokes as well as one would suspect given its reputation and the silver tongued performers involved, and said performers are as delightful as ever (with Jimmy Stewart being the rare, nothing to be ashamed of weak link), but I don't know if director George Cukor has the chops to levitate the film to the level that others seem to believe it has…

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  • Joel Vered

    ★★★★ Watched by Joel Vered 17 Apr, 2015

    Probably the best love triangle I've seen in the movies. Stewart, Hepburn, and Grant give great performances, and was the only oscar-win for Stewart. I think's it a movie worth checking out.

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