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Let me show you something.
[Serving wine and speaking in a friendly tone]
Gentlemen: may I take this opportunity to tell you that you look like a mess of worms? And that you not only look like a mess of worms, but you ARE a mess of worms. And I'll bet you've been sitting at this table all these years because if you ever left it you'd be picked up on a vagrancy charge.
Old French men:
[Nod and smile in enthusiastic agreement]
Your defense rests.
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Well, it's not exactly the worst film ever made, but...
In some circles, this film is considered a "classic" (whatever that might mean to you). The question is why? It's about as plotless as a music video, and the relationship between a young girl and a much older man is fairly questionable. I'm not one of those people who thinks Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn walk on water. I like them in some films and don't like them in others. "Funny Face" falls into the latter. It has some nice Gershwin tunes, and Paris locales; but it meanders on, merely on the strength of Audrey Hepburn's looks. In fact, if one were to find a point to the film, it would be to dress Miss Hepburn in as many clothes as possible. If you find that entertaining (and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, if you do), then this is the film for you. There is no question that Audrey Hepburn could play a mean Audrey Hepburn. In the right vehicle (Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Charade, Breakfast At Tiffany's), there was no one better. It's as if "Funny Face" is pretending to be such a vehicle; and she works hard at being "Audrey Hepburn". It's just that what's she's doing isn't all that worthy of her, to begin with. Watching it is like eating cotton candy. It doesn't leave you feeling satisfied, just a bit sick. The characters in this film start to become very annoying, about a half hour into it. Just how much prancing around Paris can you take? I don't watch films for their hidden meaning or depth, so I'm not asking "Funny Face" to be more than sheer entertainment. I just want to BE entertained. "Funny Face", barely entertains. I get the feeling that the producers decided that since they were giving us Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn (with Kay Thompson thrown in to help with the Astaire/Hepburn overdose), Paris, its fashions and locales, and Gershwin tunes, then that would be more than enough. They didn't need to bother with a good story to go with it all. Well, they were wrong. Unless you are a die-hard fan of either Hepburn or Astaire (or both), you'll be left wondering how such a pointless film could have obtain "classic" status.
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