Pat and Mike (1952)
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1952's Pat and Mike showcases a lot of why I think Katharine Hepburn is great. At 45, she's paired with a boyfriend played by an actor 20 years her junior, and it's not a plot point. At 45, she's athletic as all get-out, knocking golf balls onto the green at furious speed, playing a good game of tennis, and get this, beating up young Charles Bronson not once, but twice! There may be movie magic here and there, but most of it is done in-camera. And of course, it's Katharine Hepburn paired up with Spencer Tracy (sorry 25-year old boyfriend), which is one of the most natural Hollywood pairings (they'd already been together in real life for 11 years). Hepburn plays Pat, a natural athlete whose game falls to pieces when her domineering boyfriend is around (I especially love the nightmare tennis match), and you'd think Tracy's Mike the sports agent would be more of the same, but his business and love philosophies aren't necessarily aligned. Similarly, Pat gives a young boxer advice she really ought to follow herself. People are complicated. While some won't be all too interested in long-ish golf and tennis sequences, I fell under the movie's charms and had a number of genuine laughs.
I enjoyed it very much. It's cute and funny.
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