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Year
1942
Runtime
100 min.
Director
Mark Sandrich
Genres
Drama, Romance, Comedy, Music
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
10,642
Checks
1,474
Favs
80
Dislikes
8
Favs/checks
5.4% (1:18)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. TomReagan's avatar

    TomReagan

    For some reason, it took me forever to finally watch this movie, which I can’t really explain, since White Christmas is one of my favorite holiday movies. And while watching Holiday Inn, it just made me want to watch White Christmas instead. Fred Astaire’s conniving woman-stealing character, Ted, is hard to watch, especially since his behavior is so easily accepted by everyone else in the movie, especially by Jim Hardy (Bing). And how can I care about Linda after she left Jim so easily for Ted? Jim is the only character I care about. I would have liked it more if Linda wasn’t so shallow. Sorry, but other than the iconic songs and Astaire's dancing (*not* his acting), I just don’t get the appeal for this movie. Also, the blackface number is a sign of the times, so I can excuse it, but I can’t ignore it. 5/10 in my book. 5 months 3 weeks ago
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    GrooveRemote

    While visiting my parents over the holidays, we agreed to watch this film the other night. Both parents bad to hit the hay about halfway through, though how much the movie had to do with their tiredness I do not know.

    That was a pointless anecdote I only shared because I'm insecure about my writing prowess and sought to reproduce something like one of Ebert's review-opening stories. If I were him, at this point I would've tied the pointlessness of my story into my thoughts on the movie, but I'm not Ebert, and quite liked the movie.

    Holiday Inn is an early Hollywood musical about a singer (Bing Crosby that, upon being severed from his stage partner (Fred Astaire), concocts the idea of a happening resort only open on holidays, thus its name, giving him ample time (350 days a year, by his calculation) to laze about. A young upstart singer/dancer (Marjorie Reynolds) somehow manages to get herself involved with Crosby after a bunch of plot crap that doesn't matter. Basically, to make a long story short, she assists Crosby in managing the inn, and the two develop largely unspoken feelings for one another, but Fred Astaire and his showbiz connections threaten to separate them. The tale's much like many I'm sure we've all heard, but it's the icing that makes this cake. Not only do you have the obviously top-notch performers involved, there are some really delightful gags sprinkled throughout. Not all of the musical numbers are great, in particular those centered on Abraham Lincoln and George Washington (the blackface was treated in a humourously casual way, from a modern perspective), but a lot of the lackluster songs are saved by great dancing, which I just cannot get enough of. Call me a nerd, but tap dancing is for me what extravagant action scenes are from so many others. I also thought Crosby and Astaire's characters' antagonistic friendship was unusually refreshing for what you'd probably expect to be a much more cookie-cutter movie.

    There's really not much more to say. I'd love to write a whole review of that one joke towards the end (when they take a shortcut), but that'd spoil it. It's, and I'll say it again, refreshing. Totally worth an hour and a half of your time.
    1 year 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #40 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
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