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I guess rom-coms are not for me
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
Over the past few weeks, I've reviewed a number of highly rated rom-coms and I haven't liked any of them.
This one joins the list. My overwhelming reaction to this (and most, if not all, of the others) is how silly the narrative is. In this case, I also found it rather sordid. In real life, there was a 28 year age difference between the two romantic leads. In the film though, this gap seems rather wider. Cooper looks like he's in his 60s and Hepburn (whose looks could span a wide age range) comes across in her role as being late-teens. His plying her with champagne and refusing to let her leave his hotel room at the outset of their relationship seems more like sexual harrassment than romance.
With Wilder at the helm, it is, as one would expect, well shot and with some sparkling dialogue. This would not have been sufficient to get me to 3*. What succeeds in doing that is a standout performance from Maurice Chevalier.
I might finish by saying the DVD was unsatisfactory. Every two minutes or so, the screen would turn black for a few seconds. I shall send it back for return-and-replace. I have little interest in seeing the film again, but I am such a fan of Wilder, that I can see me wanting to revisit it if/when I undertake another Wilder marathon.