Bringing Up Baby (1938) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –

Some would consider Katharine Hepburn to be the greatest actress of all time (even greater than Meryl Streep).  Because of her impressive filmography and four Academy Award victories, it might be shocking that critics once labeled her as “box office poison.”  That was certainly the case when she starred in the 1938 screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938).

A Toast!

First of all, this film does have its comedic moments.  It has a lot of humor that characterized the 1930s, especially famous funny performers like Laurel and Hardy.  Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn both share great chemistry during all of their scenes together, which is no wonder why both of them would eventually have careers that would last for decades.

Beer Two

Unfortunately, despite all of the funny moments, a lot of that humor is nonsensical.  It appears as if Susan (Hepburn) wants to torture David (Grant) just because she “likes” him.  The film is definitely funny, but the humor is almost like a 1930s version of Jackass, which has been made (in)famously by Johnny Knoxville.  *Remember = It is okay if a girl likes a guy, but making the man’s life miserable is not the right way to enter a relationship with someone.*

Verdict

The title of this film might be Bringing Up Baby, but an alternative title could be, Katharine Hepburn Gone Wild.

Bringing Up Baby (1938) Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Susan comes up with lame excuses to gather David’s attention

Drink a Shot: every time “Baby” creates trouble as the plot progresses

And Please Drink Responsibly: because too much alcohol can make people as delusional as the screwball antics of this beloved comedy

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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