Parents' Guide to

The Lady Eve

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic '40s screwball comedy has greed, deception, smoking.

Movie NR 1941 94 minutes
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Very much of its time, this classic screwball comedy bears all the hallmarks of writer-director Preston Sturges' most famous works. With its snappy dialogue, frantic pace, and characters that appear oblivious to the absurdity of their situation, it's easy to see why The Lady Eve is fondly remembered by fans of the genre. How much modern audiences will buy into some of its more far-fetched plot twists and goofy turns is open to question, while the way the central relationship plays out will raise an eyebrow by today's standards. However, there remains an innocence and sense of playfulness throughout.

Golden Era heavyweight Stanwyck brings Jean's conniving plans to life with a flourish, while Fonda commits to making Charles a (literally) loveable stooge. The smoky blacks and greys of its 1940s print are another enjoyable reminder of how movies used to look and feel.

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