January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #41 of the 47.
Initial Viewing Memories – As a child of a blended family, I saw this film for the first time when I was quite young. I have enjoyed watching it every time since because I can relate to so much of this film’s story both as a child of a blended family and the father in a blended family too.
“It’s giving life that counts. Until you’re ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won’t keep it turning. Life isn’t a love in, it’s the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and… ground round instead of roast beef. And I’ll tell you something else: it isn’t going to a bed with a man that proves you’re in love with him; it’s getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts.” – Frank Beardsley
Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (numerous times on Video, DVD, 23 May 2013, 26 Jun 2016 and 26 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A widower with 10 kids falls in love with a widow with 8 of her won but can they find a way to create a blended family together.
My Take on it – Such a fun and enjoyable film that shows how life can throw complications at us, yet if we keep a sound mind, we can find ways to work things out.
Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball are amazing together and the chemistry between their characters is apparent throughout.
The story deals with some very complex and poignant issues yet finds a way to deliver them with a small bit of humor and comedy along the way which helps make things even more engaging and accessible to the audience.
This movie might seem a bit overdone but the fact that it is based on truth helps make things even more powerful to watch.
On a personal note, this movie has a very solid place in my heart being that I grew up in a blended family and am now the father of one too.
I can see myself, my wife and my own history in this film’s story and it makes me tear up each and every time that I’ve watched it because it hits so close to home.
The film’s dialogue is great and they expertly use codes and innuendo to deal with some of the very mature themes in a roundabout way for a family film like this one which make sit that much more enjoyable throughout.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lucille Ball co-produced the film under her company, Desilu Productions. When the film became a surprise smash hit grossing over $17 million on a $2.5 million investment, she became furious about it. She hadn’t anticipated the film’s huge box-office success and failed to provide a tax shelter for her personal profits, resulting in most of her share going in taxes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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