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½ March 8, 2016
When a classic's comedic timing and pacing are still absolutely flawless 84 years later, it truly needs to never be forgotten.
September 27, 2012
This was delightful! It is a film full of wit and charm and innuendo, and it made me laugh several times throughout. I highly recommend this pre-golden age of Hollywood gem!
½ July 15, 2015
1930s comedy about a couple of thieves and con artists who con their way into high society in France, in am attempt to rob a rich woman...but the man in the couple ends up fighting feelings for her. Entertaining if you, like me, enjoy the screwball era of comedy movies.
June 26, 2015
Thanks to fantastic acting, sweet humor, terrific characters and sexy approach with evident chemistry between the actors, Trouble in Paradise also manages to overcome its not that great script, too short running time and a lack of more comedic scenes with suave direction from Ernst Lubitsch, amazing performances, engaging story, endearing finale and playful tone. It is never as polished or as hilarious as other classic screwball comedies are and the vastly underrated 'Ninotchka' is a much better work from the director, but this is still a fun, slick and smart picture with a lot of charm on display.
March 24, 2015
The ending is perfect.
April 5, 2015
A romantic comedy about love interfere with business.
January 4, 2013
A film that I had heard so much about but when finally viewing this film I was a little disappointed.

It has some great elements, 2 thieves in love & set in the backdrop of Europe & some twists & turns.

I think the problem lay largely in the script which just failed to grab audiences. I can see why it was so popular in its day but it's dated by today's standards.
January 20, 2015
A unique piece of comedy beautifully crafted by Lubitsch in terms of his own rare and twisted style that proves to be undeniable delightful. For me, this movie defines the "Lubitsch touch".
October 20, 2014
A pure gem of 1930s cinema, "Trouble in Paradise" (1932) was the first film to have people discussing the 'Lubitsch Touch'. That means a lot of things -- the director's distinctive style which, in the case of comedies and farces, treated even the most scandalous manners and behavior in a light, humorous manner; his pushing the limits of what was deemed sexually risqué for the period; Lubitsch's sparkling, sometimes cynical wit, and his cinematic fluency. There is no shortage of those elements here.
October 6, 2010
Had me immediately become an fan of Ernst Lubitsch. Should also be required viewing for anyone thinking of doing a romantic comedy in the modern age. And, holy shit, is that THE Edward Everett Horton from Fractured Fairytales?
March 25, 2014
Its characters are so unbelievably intricate, as such that is only possible in films - sexy, sarcastic, classy, charming, and confident.
February 16, 2014
No one does comedy like Lubitsch. "Trouble in Paradise" is as heightened and hilarious and as sad and human as any comedy ever made, all at once, a perfect, intimate human story played out on the canvas of farce, sweet and sexy and very funny and just enough to break your heart. It's perfect.
½ November 15, 2013
A crook met his true love, another crook in a theft attempt. The two went on to make a fortune out of another rich woman, only discovered that their love is challenged and the suspicion of those once they had swindled was on the rise. Pretty enjoyable according to the standard of the 1930s.
September 1, 2013
Hilarious film. All the players are superb. Marshall is debonair, & Francis is hot. The film is not altogether cohesive. Though clever, somewhat morally ambiguous.
½ June 6, 2013
I love Lubitsch!

Es kann kein Zufall mehr sein. Nach seinen zwei berühmtesten Filmen Ninotchka und To Be or Not to Be, die ich beide großartig gefunden habe, habe ich nun mit Trouble in Paradise, eines seiner weniger populären Werke erforscht.
Trouble in Paradise war angeblich der erste Film, dem zeitgenössische Beobachter den Lubitsch-Touch" attestierten, und ja, er ist offensichtlich da.

Der gute Mann ist ein Komödiengott. Was er mit Sprache anstellt ist unvergleichlich. Allein die anfängliche Konversation zwischen dem Italiener und Filiba ist göttlich. Mit Präzision und Ironie, aber nie aggressiv, parodiert er die Italiener. Beispiele wie diese finden sich in seinen Filmen zuhauf.

Ebenfalls allen Lubitsch Filmen anheim ist ihr Qualitätsabfall im dritten Akt, dann wenn die Romanze überhandnimmt, und der Humor in den Hintergrund tritt. In Trouble in Paradise bildet sich immerhin eine spannende Menage-à-trois mit unerwartetem Ausgang.

Der Film ist augenscheinlich vor dem in Kraft treten des Hays-Codes entstanden. Gerade sexuelle Anspielungen kommen wiederholt vor, und die Glorifizierung der Diebe (und das sind sogar die Protagonisten) wäre in einem späteren Film wohl auch nicht durchgegangen.

Alles in allem liefert der Film eine solide Geschichte als Grundlage für die mannigfaltigen Witze, Späßchen und Slapstickeinlagen. Teilweise wirkt er zwar etwas übertrieben vielschichtig, und manche der romantischen Szenen hätte man besser ersatzlos gestrichen, aber der Spaß kommt auf keinen Fall zu kurz.

Zum Abschluss noch eine kurze Anmerkung: dritter Lubitsch Film (alle aus seiner Hollywood-Ära wohlgemerkt) und alle haben in Europa gespielt. Die Sprachlogik ist ebenfalls wieder einmal nicht sehr durchschaubar (die Franzosen sprechen Englisch, alle anderen in ihren jeweiligen Landessprachen).
Super Reviewer
February 23, 2013
Just a couple sentences, sorry Lubitsch

A fine comedy with good dialogue, and really brought you back to the thirties. But I didn't find the story to grand.
December 31, 2012
An elegant and charming comedy from director Ernst Lubitsch. Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins are con artists who team up to do a job on rich lady, Kay Francis, but romantic entanglements muddy the waters and confuse the scheme. This film was made before the studio production code, so there's racier of humor than you see in most older films. Because of this, the film was not shown or distributed again until the 1970s and even then it wasn't release on home video until at 2000. However, it's the film's intelligence, wit and charm that set it above most similar films. It's not a screwball comedy, but a witty, adult comedy. When people say, they don't make movies like that anymore, this is certainly an example of the type of film you no longer made. This film typifies the "Lubitsch Touch."
December 12, 2011
The best romantic comedy of all time.
December 14, 2012
gets an extra star for the lavish sets aka 'the lubitsch touch'.
Super Reviewer
December 3, 2012
Beautiful interplay with great humour and an enjoyable plot line. Displays a layer of sophistication that is often missing from films of the period.
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