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Not as sparkling as it could have been, but still well worth watching.
Cary Grant, of course, is always worth watching (Father Goose notwithstanding). Betsy Drake has a great cadence to support her slightly ditsy intonation, and I did not tire of it, as some have said, any more than I do the affectations of July Holiday or Marilyn Monroe.
The plot is not trivial, nor is it totally predictable.
Where this film fails in comparison to others of its era and genre is in the writing. The comedy is amusing enough, and there are some good moments, but the lines do not propel the viewer with the rapid-fire bite that is expected with a setup like this one.
I wanted it to be good enough for a 7, but I will stick with my 6 which in my metrics is still "definitely worth watching".
To those PC reviewers who were "disturbed" by the "stalker" aspect, I say: loosen up, it is a COMEDY! We have all laughed at Lucy being sillier, more extreme and more persistent. Beside, the movie starts by laying out the very sensible premise that a woman should be able to pursue an attractive man in ways similar to a man going after a desirable woman.
eg., Rough paraphrase of girl talk: "What would you do on a date?" "Take him on a drive in the country."
"And run out of gas?" "If I wanted to".
. . . and everything follows from that premise -- logical, consistent and, for me, engaging.
Lastly, I note that the best user ratings, as of this date, are by women of the age of Betsy Drake's character, and not by nostalgic curmudgeons like me.
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