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It Happened to Jane Reviews

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June 10, 2016
Feel good, funny, patriotic, 1950 small town bliss! Cynics only watch if your willing to take that smirk off your face and restrain from snarky comments for 2 hours during an upbeat, story of American ideals, community and the power of a strong women!
Loved this movie. Wish I had a time machine.
February 17, 2014
There would have been a time when I would have found this corny and predictable but the message in Jack Lemmon's town hall speech could not be more timely - and simple and true. In a time where every news story relates another big business coup against heartland America, 'It Happened to Jane' gives us a bit of hope that maybe David could still beat Goliath. The goliaths of the world have power, media, secrecy and government controlled to a science, it seems impossible to stand up for the principles that once motivated this country. Indeed with the sly introduction of genetically-engineered crops, out-sourced jobs, hormone-enriched meat and fish, remotely manipulated bank loans and role models presented not for their values but for their ability to attract the largest, lowest common denominator, the average American has a tough time discerning quality from what should be a simple process. 'It Happened to Jane' may simplify things a bit, but it recognizes the machinery that can thwart an honest person who does not try to second guess everyone else. That person is Jack Lemmon's character, George Denhan, not Doris Day's Jane. He is the unglamorous good guy who misses his chance with the girl, not through not noticing her but by not appearing as the rugged take-what-I want he-man. He is the honest, reliable, very intelligent, creative man who lives in the present, volunteering for good causes and ignoring the cheap lure of instant celebrity. He is the one who, when all seems lost, chooses not to give in and follow the easiest expedient in the moment, but stands true to his ideals, a quality that allows him to find a solution when facing the impossible. He has the courage of his convictions.

Day and Lemmon have an interesting chemistry on-screen. There is a spark but it is closer to real life where true love can still exist even burdened by everyday obligations, children and differences of opinion. While not perfect, 'It Happened to Jane' is well worth a viewing.
Super Reviewer
August 2, 2013
Doris is full of pluck and moxie fighting a big corporate jerk who actually seems unhinged in his singular quest to squash the hard working widow Jane. Jack is the earnest lawyer who has loved her since childhood. Together they make a wonderful pair as they go through no end of complications that drive them apart and united them again. Charming comedy was an inexplicable failure on its initial release probably in large part because of that atrocious title. It's re-release title of Twinkle and Shine was hardly an improvement, why they didn't stick with the initial title of That Jane from Maine which would have fit it perfectly is a mystery. Be that as it may this is a cute family comedy with wonderful location shooting and high production values as well as a super supporting cast.
July 31, 2013
An amiable but stiff populist comedy that should have been funnier since it starred the talented Doris Day, Jack Lemon and Ernie Kovaks.
April 20, 2013
a quite fun movie to be watched, i wish they much more movie of Jack Lemmon & Doris Day, they were great
Super Reviewer
½ February 4, 2013
Credit where credit is due: altho Day was for middle American women (wholesome, virginal yet courageous - here's she's got 3 children and yet blushes when approached for more than simply dinner - and plucky, dammit, plucky) what John Wayne may've symbolised for their male counterparts ("we're Americans, dammit, and its a small world after all!")and so there are many, many scenes patronising the audience, at least this piece moves quickly enough to escape contempt.
½ November 3, 2012
Jane Osgood is trying to support her two young children by running a lobster business. After one of her shipments is ruined by inattention at the railroad station, Jane decides to take on Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
October 11, 2012
cute enough despite a weak script...
½ July 16, 2012
Looking very, very closely Small glimpse's of humor can be spotted in the wannabe comedy. when it gets down to the bases of what the movies message is i'm at a lost. Somewhere between The fight for Trains and lobsters my attention span wonders off... because the reality of this movie is false and most unlikely.

It Happen to Jane stars: Doris Day and Jack Lemmon, 2 actors who are an unlikely duo and lack the connection of convincing us they enjoy each others company.

The movie itself is predictable, and obviously made for family enjoyment.
May 7, 2012
Ernie Kovacs (with a bald pate) and Jack Lemmon together again, this time with Doris Day.
½ January 5, 2011
Only Doris Day could pull off playing a woman who rises to national stardom because of a bunch of dead lobsters. The plot is absolutely ridiculous, but who cares when it's this charming?
Super Reviewer
½ September 23, 2010
Very cute... Enough said!
July 31, 2010
With a cast like that it should be funnier but none the less it`s 98 minutes well spent!
½ April 11, 2010
Wonderful and rewarding for a struggle to survive with faithful friends and entertaining for children of all ages. The scout song was a highlight for Ms Day and Mr Lemmon. Great fun!
½ October 25, 2009
No. No. No. Not very well written, highly unlikely, and a very overrated film.
½ August 14, 2009
Pretty standard Doris Day fare. Light and fun.
May 5, 2009
The speech from Lemmon during the town get together made the whole film worth it
April 5, 2009
Totally cute movie!!!! i LOVE Jack Lemon and Doris Day!!!! perfect actors!
April 5, 2009
Hilarious movie! Doris and Jack are fabulous on screen together!!!!!
½ March 1, 2009
With all the heavy stuff I've been watching in the last few weeks, this was a nice refreshing change! Very sweet...there's no better way to turn off your brain and just have happy thoughts than watching a Doris Day movie...
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