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His Girl Friday

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sassy screwball classic with a feminist twist.

Movie NR 1940 92 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

You will be glad you didn’t miss this one!

Cary Grant. Sometimes I think that’s all a movie needs to be warranted a must see...but since some people don’t know the magic of Cary Grant alone, for this movie, Rosalind Russell really completes Grant’s character. He’s smooth & sharp while she’s beautiful & quick witted. This movie will hold your interest from beginning to end, just don’t leave the room without pausing it first! This is a perfect movie for any mood. It’s funny without trying & it’s definitely a “feel-good” flick all the way around. It’s a classic in my opinion!
age 18+

A classic - both in terms of progressiveness and banter

The film is a classic, partly because of the performances by Cary Grant et al - but more because of the fast paced and outstanding dialogue. It's worth watching repeatedly because so many of the zingers go unnoticed first time round. But beyond beyond being a film full of good performances and fast and witty lines - it also projects a woman (in 1940 no less) as strong and more than able to deal with difficult men. It's a joy to watch. Though as others have noted there is a dark moment when a woman throws herself from a window - amazingly and not very effectively this is softened by one of the reporters noting that she 'is moving'.... That aside it has depth, humor, pace and actually leave you uplifted. Highly recommended.

Is It Any Good?

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Aside from the big, murky questions that it brings up, this is a delightful, fast-paced movie. Unlike most romantic comedies today, neither Hildy nor Walter is a sentimental drip. They are equally matched. For every snarky comment Walter makes ("There's been a lamp burning in the window for you -- come, sit here," Walter says, gesturing at his lap), Hildy gives one better ("Oh, I jumped out that window long ago.").

Hildy's a revelation, both for 1940, when the movie was released, and today when movie messages about women giving up their aspirations for romance persist (My Best Friend's Wedding, Sweet Home Alabama). Deep into the frenzy of writing her article, Bruce begs Hildy to come away with him. But she's determined: "You want me, Bruce? You've got to take me as I am." For that, you can almost forgive the choice Hildy has to make and the overflowing sexism of everyone around her.

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