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Bringing Up Baby

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic screwball comedy with loads of tame laughs.

Movie NR 1938 102 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

A Classic Comedy for the whole family.

Our kids love this movie, and it’s difficult to find anything objectionable for any child aged 6+. This is a classic Cary Grant screwball comedy. Hepburn and Grant have electric chemistry. (Disclaimer: We like classic movies because the material is generally suitable for the kids and it’s not dumbed down for them or us. Because much of the content is from a past era, some things need explanation. We prefer to use questionable content as teachable moments with which to reinforce our values.)
age 8+

CONSTANT LYING AND HORRIBLE MESSAGE "dishonesty and wearing down the man gets you a future husband"

Some peril with a leopard on the loose. The main character traps the man by being very dishonest, pretending she's a damsel in distress. It just keeps happening over and over and this poor man is dragged into it. She may be smarter than she acts but she still is very foolish. In the end Grant chooses the dishonest woman over a woman who says she wants no children because their work is to be their children and they'll be too busy for romance--as in I want to live with you so we can do homework together (and he's just now finding this out on the eve of their wedding?). At one point the Hepburn's dress is ripped to her underwear and Grant ends up in lingerie because he can't find a towel. I do love how gentlemanly Grant is, but the whole romance, smart strong chivalrous science nerd ends up with crazy manipulative woman based on loose feelings and an untraceable romance is a mess. This is junk food romance to think you can win a man like that--2.5 stars. Needs to be older to sort out morals and fast-moving storyline and not be afraid of a dangerous leopard on the loose. I agree that it's G as far a the sex-swearing-substance-violence goes, but that doesn't mean kids should watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This is generally considered to be the ultimate example of the screwball comedy, which reached its apex in the 1930s, and director Howard Hawks proves his mastery of the genre. He pulls off an outlandish plot at breakneck speed with fabulous witty repartee and romantic tension between the perfectly cast leads, Grant and Hepburn (who are divine here). Bringing Up Baby may inspire them to take a look at dinosaur skeletons in a museum, though there is no such thing as an "intercostal clavicle."

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