Alice Adams

Alice Adams

DVD - 2003
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Social climber Alice tries to push her clodhopper family to the background and assumes airs to win the love of an amiable, wealthy young man.

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janetw11
Jun 09, 2019

I have watched a great deal of films from the 1930's and this is the most disappointing. It's boring and stagy. Only gave it 2 stars because of getting to see a young Fred MacMurray, who is wonderful in everything. Katharine Hepburn's character is annoying, not the least appealing. I saw no humor and there's no chemistry between the two lead characters.

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ManMachine
Jul 30, 2018

Chatter - Chatter - Chatter - Chatter - Chatter - And, yes - Even more and more chatter (Katharine Hepburn-style) - (And, this is how I thought it best to outline the story of "Alice Adams" for you)

To say that the Alice Adams character was an incessant chatter-box would truly be an understatement.

And - Not only was Alice Adams a non-stop motor-mouth - But, she was also a flake, a class snob, and, yes, a bit of a bullshitter, too.

And, with that said - I did not like Alice Adams one bit.

Released back in 1935 - Apparently, the portrayal of this picture's title character is looked upon as being one of Hepburn's most notable performances of all..... (Go figure)

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 14, 2018

VERY GOOD 1935 slice of Americana with Katherine Hepburn portraying a social climber, trying to move up the ladder romantically to overcome her family's economic background, etc.
I do enjoy Katherine's ability to light up the screen - and her fast paced speaking style.

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MissyJayne
Nov 12, 2015

I loved this movie! I want to get a copy of my own. This movie was very sweet. You can't help but feel for Alice and her family at times. This movie has given me a huge crush on Fred MacMurray!

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RaritanBay
May 05, 2015

Hepburn does much with little.

Reasons to watch this film: 1. young Katherine H's brilliance and F MacMurray's charm. 2. speaking parts for African-American actors, especially Hattie McDaniel. They all play domestics, but their small roles are less degrading than usual for that period in Hollywood.

The script is poor. Most characters are pure stock. The leading man hardly develops, but MacMurray does his best with his handsome face and smile.

voisjoe1 Jun 10, 2012

This is George Stevens' first serious film and we get to see why Katherine Hepburn received the record number of Oscar nominations during her acting career. Hepburn displays great range as a dreamer, as a lower class girl drowning in high society and just as a daughter showing true love for her parents. The director was forced to film a Hollywood ending, rather than a more realistic, real world ending. This is a rare film for its time where African-Americans, usually forced to play buffoons, are allowed to display respectful characters. It was a joy to see a true gem when one was expecting something merely very good.

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