An Affair To Remember (1957)

Dir. Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, etc.

The female idiots would definitely like this (Grace has already seen this). I think most of the guys would like this, too. I guess you could make a case for its place in the 1001 book. You could argue that it is one of the best in its genre (but I wouldn’t make that argument). I guess, it’s also a classic.

A celebrity playboy, Niki Ferante (Grant), is heading to New York on an oceanliner to finally tie the knot with a millionaire widow(?). But on the way, there he meets Terry McKay (Kerr). Sparks fly and they begin to fall in love. At the end of the trip, they decide to meet at the top of the Empire State Building six months from now to get married. Of course, things don’t go smoothly. Do they get together or not?

There’s some decent comedic moments between the principals, but some of the gags few flat with me or went over my head. It’s the kind of jokes that feel dated. Grant is his usual charming self, but I don’t think he plays the scenes with great emotion very well. In the key emotional moments, he wasn’t very convincing. I must also say that the chemistry between the two wasn’t entirely convincing or engaging either. I mean, it was good, but not something I found compelling. It’s a good romantic film, and maybe it would crack my top 20 list.

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