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The Country Girl (1954)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Great acting, heavy themes in Old Hollywood classic.

Movie NR 1954 104 minutes
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The excellent acting's the main draw in this slow-paced adaptation of a Broadway drama with mature, heavy themes. Grace Kelly earned her only Oscar for her portrayal of The Country Girl, but it's Bing Crosby as the washed-up, alcoholic, has-been whose acting really stands out, and stands up over time. Fans of Old Hollywood, and of acting in general, will appreciate the stellar performances. It's a great character study of how three very different, fascinating people tackle life's problems.

But it keeps a very play-like feel, with cameras that don't move around the small sets very much, and dialog that often sounds more like someone's giving a speech than just talking normally. If acting's your thing, by all means sink your teeth into these great examples. It's just not an ideal choice for family-movie night.

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