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Year
1942
Runtime
88 min.
Director
Preston Sturges
Genres
Romance, Comedy
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
7,938
Checks
2,848
Favs
217
Dislikes
26
Favs/checks
7.6% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. V012's avatar

    V012

    "I grow on people......like moss...." 6 years 10 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Usually romcoms END with a madcap rush to the wedding chapel. The Palm Beach Story STARTS there then jumps ahead a few years to the make-or-break portion of the marriage. The superlative Claudette Colbert decides she has to leave her husband (Joel McCrea), whose ego is easily bruised, because she's a drain on his finances and the reason they can't make ends meet. She sets off on a journey, he'll try to follow, and hopefully they'll fall back in love by the end. Part of the absurdity is that every millionaire she meets wants to give her money (and there are a lot of them), like it's her superpower, and the first act is a bit haphazard in terms of plot before we get to the heart of it. The two leads are really the only two normal people in the piece. They're surrounded by comedy characters, some of which you'll find funny, others not (I think the movie is entirely too convinced Toto the Lothario from a vague country is hilarious, but he's not), and the quick 40s comedy patter is off the charts. Harmless fun, and that ridiculous ending had me slapping my knee until it bruised, with a loud "sure, why not!". 2 years 3 months ago
  3. Captain Qynce's avatar

    Captain Qynce

    Well that was probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. 9 years 3 months ago
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