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April 28, 2019
1001 movies to see before you die. What a naughty dog.
January 26, 2019
The best, GREATEST romcom movie ever made!
January 20, 2019
Great comedy staring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Skippy the dog, known for playing Asta in the Thin Man movies, plays Mr. Smith, who is the reason Grant and Dunne are still seeing each other.
January 6, 2019
The mix of expectedly playful, quick, sophisticated dialogue and many memorable, very amusing situations led to The Awful Truth being such a comedy classic that it is and one of the funniest and most charming films from the 30s. The direction from Leo McCarey deservedly received an Oscar whereas Irene Dunne and Cary Grant gave two of their finest performances and created one of cinema's best, most amusing couples. It's a hilarious, perfectly executed film that is undoubtedly one of the essential screwball comedies.
September 8, 2018
Fantastic and hilarious screwball comedy. Still laugh-out-loud funny after all these years.
July 1, 2018
A classic comedy with Oscar winning direction from Leo McCarrey. After watching Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in two of the best comedic performances ever on film, it is impossible to understand why neither of them ever won an Oscar. #AcademyComedy Matters
May 17, 2018
its a pretty good movie
April 21, 2018
It was a movie that I forgot for a long time, but it was a succession of laughter after seeing it again. Cary Grant 's fancy lightness, Irene - Dan' s crispy acting that can not be said to be attractive anyway. The sound of a fight and the dog of the scenes that the two men set!
April 19, 2018
A screwball comedy of remarriage that exudes charm and a certain sense that it was all made up on the spot, with plenty of in-jokes between cast members (Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, primarily). Dunne and Grant are happily wed but begin to become suspicious of each other's possible extracurricular attachments and a quick argument leads to divorce proceedings (but don't worry because this is screwball comedy!). They fight over custody of Mr Smith (the same dog who played Asta in the Thin Man series) who winds up with Dunne. On the rebound, she strikes up a romance with Oklahoma oilman Ralph Bellamy, who plays the unsophisticated country boy (still living with his mama) to a tee. Of course, Grant can't help but poke fun at her and she comes to see how silly things are since she is clearly an urbane New Yorker fond of the nightlife. By the time she comes around, Grant is also nearly engaged to a wealthy debutante - but it doesn't take much for Dunne to do to ruin his prospects. Of course, they end up back together (another "comedy of remarriage"). Director Leo McCarey won the Best Director Oscar for this film which can't help but bring a smile to your face (even after a bad day at work - or especially after a bad day at work!). One of the best of its kind.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
March 12, 2018
The story goes that director Leo McCarey told his actors to improvise in their comedy, and if it was good, he would use it. Cary Grant was skeptical at first, but then rolled with it. He's very good at comedy in addition to being the gold standard in debonair, and there were a few scenes in 'The Awful Truth' that had me laughing out loud. The most memorable is when he stands behind the door, and after getting bonked on the nose a few times, tickles Irene Dunne with a pencil as she listens to love poetry from her new beau (Ralph Bellamy).

You see, Grant and Dunne are in the process of getting a divorce, after he "went to Florida" in order to be with another woman, and she was in a hotel with her voice teacher "because their car broke down". After fighting for custody of their dog, Mr. Smith (Skippy aka Asta), they continue to trade playful barbs and play mischief on one another, sabotaging their new relationships. The movie is full of clever dialog, banter, and general zaniness. It's a little harsh on Okies, showing the cultural divide has always been with us, but it's in funny (and hopefully non-offensive) ways.

As cute as that all was, it was the final scene that really made the film for me. In an understated way, it's very sexy, with the tension having been built up from all Grant and Dunne's comments. It's clear they know each other perfectly, still love each other, and want each other. The idea they end up together will hardly come as a surprise, but the execution in that last scene is lovely, with a slow, almost teasing pace, and Dunne looking up at Grant demurely from her bed. McCarey won the Oscar for best director amidst several other nominations for the film, and while it's not the best of romantic or screwball comedies, it's very good, and well worth watching.
December 21, 2017
As an okie I could not stop laughing at Cary's line "If it (Oklahoma City) should get dull you can always go over to Tulsa for the weekend."
½ August 24, 2017
It has its moments, but given the talented cast, The Awful Truth should've been much better.
February 18, 2017
The classic screwball comedy is one of the greats of the the genre, director Le McCarey even won an Oscar for it which is rare for comedies. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star as a couple who are getting divorced, but just can't seem to stay out of each others live. The writing is great, and Grant does some excellent physical comedy as well. Definitely worth a watch!
December 2, 2016
The Awful Truth is awfully good and deserves its reputation as a definitive screwball classic. McCarey and Cary is a twosome to be reckoned with.
Super Reviewer
August 25, 2016
There's something so charming about 1930's screwball comedies. Innocent, energetic, and gracefully acted all around, The Awful Truth is a great showcase of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne's chemistry while presenting a bittersweet love story along the way.

One of my favorite films of all time is Bringing Up Baby, which is famously a screw ball comedy. And I think Cary Grant's best performance is in Penny Serenade, where he shares the screen with Irene Dunne. So take the screwball tone of Bringing Up Baby and the duo of Penny Serenade and you have The Awful Truth. Luckily, it does not disappoint.

The 30's was a much more innocent time for Hollywood filmmaking. Directors hadn't really dug deep into the more somber overtones of the 40's, and I think this contributed to The Awful Truth's charm. Even with that said, it's not a complete romp. In fact, the dramatic elements of Grant and Dunne's incoming divorce gave the film a dramatic end you don't want to reach. As you watch their character's attempt to tear each other's relationship's apart, you increasingly hope for a happy resolution to this bittersweet story.

Just like Bringing Up Baby, The Awful Truth has its ridiculous gags and laugh out loud moments. To me, a comedy's ultimate test is how well it holds up over time. If a film that's turning 75 years old next year can still pull laughs out of a 22-year-old single guy, I think it's done its job. It's full of ideas ahead of its time, chemistry for days, and brilliantly timed comedic gags. You can't really ask for anything else out of a comedy.

+Grant & Dunne

+Mature but widespread appeal humor

+Pleasantly charming

8.4/10
March 6, 2016
Too dull. Another film that hasn't passed the test of time. It nearly put me to sleep. (First and only viewing - 3/6/2016)
July 23, 2015
Classic comedy from the 30s starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a married couple who divorce and quickly realize that they have made a mistake, but struggle to admit it to one another. It's an old comedy that I laughed with fro a good chunk of the run time, so I'd call it a success at what it was trying to accomplish, even decades later.
½ June 19, 2015
a classic late 1930s comedy movie this 78 year old movie makes you laugh for sure a must see film.
January 30, 2015
A splendid example of the spontaneous, effervescent film genre known as screwball comedy, Leo McCarey's "The Awful Truth" (1937) concerns a sophisticated New York couple who've grown more than a little distrustful of each other over the years, each suspecting the other of infidelity. Known for its giddy brand of comedy and zany pacing, The Awful Truth includes priceless vignettes like a divorce court scene where Lucy and Jerry vie for custody of their beloved wirehaired fox terrier Mr. Smith (Asta from "The Thin Man" series). "The Awful Truth" remains one of the most significant comedies of the 1930s, one dealing with the at-the-time unusual subject of divorce in a clever, urbane manner, while still reaffirming the importance of Lucy and Jerry's marriage.
January 26, 2015
Such a beautiful chemistry!
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