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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Movie Info

Screenwriter Nunnally Johnson adapted the novel by author Edward Streeter, whose work was also the basis of Father of the Bride (1950), into this domestic comedy. James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara star as Roger and Peggy Hobbs, a St. Louis couple with a large brood who desire a seaside vacation. Renting a cottage by the ocean is just the first step in a summer fraught with disasters, including a couch potato son, a shy daughter with newly installed braces, a pair of grown daughters who have

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Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy

Edward Streeter, Nunnally Johnson

Sep 6, 2005

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3) | DVD (4)

Since there are no recognizable humans in it, Mr. Hobbs is really strictly for the bird watchers.

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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This is a fun picture, although it misfires, chiefly in the situation development department.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A wholesome family comedy with Stewart and O'Hara as a couple whose quiet vacation becomes a noisy free-for-all for the kids.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Some of the incidents are funny, some are so-so, some are flat. And, of course, in the end, it is concluded that for all this, the family is still strong.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Maybe this isn't 60s family entertainment at its absolute worst, but it's still pretty awful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Whirlwind direction, witty quips from screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, and the seasoned Stewart's likability ensure that the laughs keep coming in this fun film.

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Moderately enjoyable.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

really good flick, that birdwalk gets me every time
January 15, 2011
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Was this supposed to be funny? I found it to be a damn headache. The funniest part was the bird watching bit. But other than that I thought that it was trying. It seemed like the Simpsons would parody, or already have. Personally, I would have killed everyone in that family except for Stewart and O'Hara...
September 3, 2010
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Jennifer D

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James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara shine as a couple in this 60's comedy. A family goes on there last family summer vacation in southern CA to a friend's old home on the beach. Many things test there sanity...it is a funny and well done movie
August 1, 2008
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Mason Williams

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"darn those kids of today...they're...they're...they're just driving me crazy, is all, but somehow we find a way to get along after all"
July 11, 2007
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