Bringing Up Baby (1938)
David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances... (imdb)
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Directed By: Howard Hawks
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Oy. I hate comedies like this, where one horrible thing after another happens and everything gets worse and worse and more and more annoying. I know it's supposed to be funny, but I get frustrated with it. I just wanted Cary Grant to punch Katherine Hepburn in the nose. The leopard was cute, though.
I am certainly not blind to Howard Hawks' talents, finding "Rio Bravo," "Only Angels Have Wings" and "The Big Sleep" to be deeply enjoyable experiences. However, I don't think he does "funny" terribly well, or maybe screwball itself just doesn't turn my crank. I think that part of the problem is that I find Hepburn viscerally unappealing and Grant also has the ability to annoy me. Combined they are frankly insufferable. My PSI was 92 but for once criticker got it exactly backwards.
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in the best screwball comedy ever filmed.
Thoroughly and completely not funny
Goofy fun and the gags are executed perfectly, but the schtick wears thin in places. Also, don't expect any sort of social satire or any deeper subtext.
I was hoping the entire third act would be Cary Grant reviving the brontosaurus to kill Hepburn.
The loudmouthed, obnoxious Hepburn and Grant are nearly as intolerable as they are in The Philadelphia Story, and it's really beyond me the adulation that this pairing receives. However, from Baby's first entrance and then every time he is on screen or anything to do with him - there is a vast improvement. Unfortunately there's not enough of him to make up for the annoying leads or the frivolous yet largely unfunny text.
Oh my lord, I wanted to shut this off not even halfway through the movie. Not because it was bad, but because it was painfully hard to watch. Every scene has some disaster in it that just makes you cringe. Bringing up Baby is extremely funny, the acting is great, it is an extremely charming film. If you can actually watch this movie from start to finish, without feeling the slightest bit sorry for Cary Grant, you have no soul.
It's rare that a comedy from the 1930s holds up. The Marx Brothers? Get the garbage outta here.
ushering in a sexual awakening that would only blossom further in hawks' '40s works... [Full Review]
Tried watching this twice and just cannot take anymore by the halfway point.
I see why Cary Grant falls in love with Katharine Hepburn, because I would too. She is absolutely gorgeous, witty, chaotic beyond belief in an adorable way.
Early screwball comedy that executes all of its goofy gags with adherent precision. It is silly, puerile, infantile and brainless. However, Grant and Hepburn are so zealous and committed to their roles that they make this somewhat more preferable.
What a bitch. No, really, Hepburn's character is just too annoying and this film is too frantic to be enjoyable. However, it's a treasure trove for psychoanalysis. Grant plays an emasculated intellectual man (surprisingly, he manages this role) about to marry Ms. Swallows (ironic, because she doesn't), but end ups spending the film looking for the lost bone (ehem...) with Hepburn and her pet leopard (definitely vagina dentata) demeaning his masculinity in every which way possible along the way.
The screwball comedy rhythm: character gag, confusion/repetition gag, character gag, confusion/repetition gag, etc. The former are funny and end on a high, the latter are funny and continue to the point of annoyance. The good screwballs (as here) draw enough forward momentum from their casts' energy that you can charge on through the telegraphed punchlines to ride the highs. If Hepburn's character is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, it's the most bearable for focusing on "Manic" rather than "Dream".
No, no, no, sir, this hasn't aged well. Silly and annoying in many parts, without being able to get a single laugh out of me. But, with a cast and a director like Grant, Hepburn and Hawks it is impossible to have a bad movie.
Hepburn gives mabye the most annoying performance in cinema-history!
I am exhausted from laughing. I was not prepared for this.
The first twenty minutes are headache-inducing, but once the setup is over and you've thrown your lot in with these characters -- however annoying they can be -- you might get some laughs out of the totally impossible conundrums that occur. Mindless fun, but I think it's a little overrated, perhaps due to Grant and Hepburn's great pairing in Philadelphia Story a few years later.
|Average Percentile 66.65% from 2078 Ratings|