May 11, 2011
Starring Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon
Directed by George Cukor
Plot: Newly unemployed Gladys Glover has a chance meeting with a documentary film-maker Pete Sheppard that results in having her name plastered all over New York. (um, okay, we already know that I’m really bad at summaries…)
This story is really fun. It’s the kind of movie that just puts a smile on your face. I honestly think that Jack Lemmon is my favorite part, though. He is just too darn cute! And he has some great scenes. I’m trying really hard to like Judy Holliday. I mean, it’s obvious the woman is a brilliant actress and comedienne. But I can’t seem to get past her screechy voice. But like I said, I’m trying. As for Peter Lawford, usually I like him but his character really has nothing going for him here. That’s okay, though, because *POSSIBLE SPOILER* Jack and Judy make an adorable couple. :)
This movie also has an interesting message about fame. *SPOILER ALERT* As Gladys Glover comes to realize:“It isn’t just making a name. It’s making a name stand for something.” It’s a clever story and surprisingly prophetic. In the age of the Internet and reality TV, there are so many people today who are obsessed with self-promotion or are merely famous for being famous.
Over all, if you haven’t seen this one yet, I would definitely check it out. It’s a light, fun, well-paced film featuring great comedic performances from the two leads.
Gladys Glover (Judy Holliday): "I always think I can think better with my shoes off. Did you ever notice that?"
Pete Sheppard (Jack Lemmon): "On or off, I have trouble."