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This was a difficult movie to watch considering the claim that it's a comedy. Instead, it's a movie about a control freak (Hope) who spends most of his screen time belittling his wife and everyone else he deems beneath him (mostly playwrights). He encourages his son and his mother-in-law to gang up on his wife to keep her from writing a play he knows he will hate. "Angie, you can't even write a letter." To everyone's surprise, she writes the play anyway and inexplicably hands it over to her husband who has already told her he will rip it apart. He does just that. (And now that you've got that out of your system, go back to being a good housewife and stepmother.) What follows is a lot of pouting on everyone's part, no end of snide comments, and a drunken Parker arriving late to his wife's play (his balcony antics disrupt the performance of the play, proving his determination to write a scathing review no matter what, on a play he never even fully watched). If the point was to portray critics as merciless, vicious, "opinionated sneaks," then this film succeeded. If this was supposed to be a fun comedy, it only provided a few sporadic laughs (like Hope telling all his troubles to Dr. William Von Hagedorn, played by Jim Backus). Otherwise, it fell short of that goal. It's never fun watching someone demean another person, someone they claim to love, just to prove a point. If the message was about keeping people "in their place," this movie hit the mark.
There is also a problem with the "serious" side concering the critic's big dilemma between his (supposed) ethical obligation to review the play's Broadway opening and the consequences for his marriage. I don't know what the Theater Critic's Guidebook says (if there is one), but I don't see two equal sides here. Isn't it an obvious conflict of interest to review the production of a spouse's play, especially after having already read it and declared it no good; and how ethical is it to review that (or any) production after showing up at the theater late and falling down drunk? And from the selections we hear, the review itself is hack work, a series of pre-digested, leadenly sarcastic quips that could be inserted into a critique of almost anything.
Somehow, the movie manages to clamp on a happy ending reconciliation, in ridiculously short order, and on rather strange terms. The critic will in future not only be more supportive of the playwriting efforts of his wife (although nothing indicates that his estimation of her talent has risen), but he will also render uncredited assistance in her writing (and then review the results??Read more ›
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Painfully dull, pointless film. Lucy was great on TV but this film is yet another example of her rather lackluster movie career. And as for Bob Hope... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LarsLattimer
If you love Lucy and older movies, you will love this. It's romantic, funny, with some great lines.Published 2 months ago by Val
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