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High Society (1956)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Charming, boozy musical remake has less screwball humor.

Movie NR 1956 111 minutes
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Classic Hollywood charm, a fantastic musical soundtrack, a crazy love triangle (or maybe more of a square?), and legendary talent. High Society's got all that in spades. Frank Sinatra shows teen idols how it's done with "You're Sensational." Bing Crosby swings with Louis Armstrong, especially hot in "Now You Has Jazz." A fun and funny script will engage viewers between songs. Grace Kelly, in her last movie before she married a real-life prince, is unfortunately a little uneven. But her beauty and elegance shine. There's a lot to love here.

Don't look for madcap shenanigans, though. If you've seen The Philadelphia Story, you'll find most of that stuff's been replaced by musical numbers. And even though it's a musical, this version of the story is much lower key than the Grant/Hepburn/Stewart classic. So kids might find it, and the adult themes, a little too understated to hold their interest. But if you or your kids love musicals, or if you're fans of Hollywood's golden era, this one's a must-see.

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