Thursday, October 18, 2012

Alice Adams Movie Review

With Katherine Hepburn

(from the DVD case) Clutching her corsage of violets and in a dress she hopes no one will notice she wore to last year’s dance, Alice Adams is ready for South Renford’s biggest evening of the year – and to pose as something she longs to be: one of the town’s social elite.  In this adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s novel, Katherine Hepburn hit a career peak with her moving performance as social climber Alice, trying to push her clodhopper family to the background and assuming airs to win the love of amiable, wealthy young man.

It’s a common enough story, a young woman tries to fit into a society where she doesn’t really belong and pretends to be something she is not.  You do feel for Alice as she tries really hard and still does not fit in.  But unfortunately her act is too much for me and she starts to get annoying instead of endearing.  And I had a hard time seeing what Fred MacMurray saw in her as the person she was pretending to be so I had trouble liking him too.  It was okay, cute in a way and I like the way the family sort of comes together in the end and the truth is what makes everything right but this is not one of my favorites.

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