Monday, December 13, 2010

Woman of the Year (1942)

The first pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, and her follow-up film to The Philadelphia Story. This is the film that spawned a relationship off screen between the two and lead to another 8 films between the two. Winner of an Oscar for writing and nominated for Best Actress for Hepburn, this film on paper sounds pretty good. Watched as part of the AFI 100 Laughs I expected this to compare to one of the couple later pairings, Adam's Rib.

Sadly the film is painfully boring. It started well when the Tracy courts Hepburn, at this point the film is more of a romance. After marriage it was boring, in the romantic comedy phase of the movie, and eventually ends with slapstick comedy that actually put me to sleep.

I can fully see why Hepburn was given the label "box-office poison." Even her acclaimed films I have strongly disliked. 70+ years later awards groups are still trying to find merits in her flops. I don't understand this, and greatly disagree.

Vote: 4/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035567/

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