Bringing Up Baby

Title: Bringing Up Baby
Year: 1938
Director: Howard Hawks
Writer: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant
Music: Roy Webb
Distinctions: formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a man encounters a woman who deliberately destroys his life over the course of two days
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), June 2008
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh).
Objective Rating: 1/10 (gets a point for characters) c. 1.6/4 (Eh).

The first half is painful to watch (a series of bad things happening to a sympathetic character). Then at one point Grant seems to just give up and go along with it, and that’s nice for a little while (and even made me laugh once or twice). But then the second half just gets boring. It moves at the right pace, but there’s just too much movie. They tried really hard to be witty, but it just didn’t happen. I was a little shocked that Katharine Hepburn wasn’t completely terrible. Not good, mind you, but not completely terrible.


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