- Billy Wilder
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Charming if not-so-memorable Wilder romantic comedy, based on a play by Samuel A. Taylor, features (and benefits mostly from) Hepburn’s second starring role, teaming up with three other Oscar winners and huge starts: Wilder, Bogart and Holden. As expected, the result is good, but also kind of uneven, maybe because some people wanted to do things their way. I’ll be honest here: I didn’t buy Bogart’s character for a second, when romancing Hepburn; it just didn’t make sense to me, and I blame Bogart. Thank God Hepburn, at his side, makes up for it. I find Bogart’s casting (a last minute replacement for Cary Grant) to be the film’s major flaw. Luckily, the script is always refreshing, and funny. I laughed out loud more often than not, especially in the scenes featuring the boys’ father (Walter Hampden), who’s simply hilarious.
A must for Hepburn fans, and something to check out for those who admire anyone else involved.
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