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This lightly sweetened tale is still remarkably meaty.
Blandings may turn out to be too citified for small-town audiences, and incomprehensible abroad; but among those millions of Americans who have tried to feather a country nest with city greenbacks, it ought to hit the jackpot.
[Cary] Grant and ,Myrna] Loy were congenitally incapable of turning in poor work in a comedy.
Those in the middle-aged demographic might find this middlebrow comedy more pleasing than others.
best appreciated as a sort of adult version of teenage hygiene films from the '40s and '50s
The incredibly handsome, photogenic, movie-star image seems to disappear as Grant becomes simply the harassed Everyman.
Much of the Blandings’ dissatisfaction is of their own making, as they discover that realtors can be shrewd, mortgages can be complicated, and everything costs twice as much as you initially expect it to.
[Grant] has perfect comic timing and an amazing ability to contort his body in hilarious bits of physical comedy.
Mr. Grant builds my dream movie!
Remains perhaps the most effective of Grant's domesticated films.
An advertising executive moves his New York family to Connecticut and involves them in a real estate swindle.
Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas are all great actors, but even they can't save this film from banal mediocrity. The central conflict is Jim Blandings's pursuit of an American Dream on steroids and a entitled sense of opulence, but this conflict isn't really resolved because Blandings never tones down his ambitions or does anything to earn his privileged opinion of himself. The plotline about Muriel's potential affair with Bill doesn't have any legs either because, like Jim should, we trust her implicitly. Some of the supporting characters are -- "Yep" -- mildly amusing, but even a chuckle didn't escape me.
Overall, just like its more modern imitator, The Money Pit, this film is pointlessly unfunny.
Great chemistry between the cast members keeps Mr. Blandings from being a real bore. It's got it's moments, but it's nothing to flip for.
Grant and Loy make a great team in this hilarious comedy. I love it, and I recommend you see it too.
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House builds heavily on it's predecessors (Jack Benny's "George Washington Slept Here" for one, and W.C. Fields movies in general, for another), while at the same time, inspiring future "do-it-yourselfers-gone-wrong" movies ("The Money Pit" for one and "Are We Done Yet?" for another) and yet, it has something going for it that those other don't: Cary Grant. Sure, it may be a little difficult to picture the erudite Grant as the henpecked, middle class husband and father of two, but this is a Hollywood picture afterall, and we naturally suspend our disbelief when it comes to such matters. Then again, if I were married to Myrna Loy, I probably wouldn't mind being henpecked either. Mr. Blandings, sick of living life in a cramped New York apartment, decides to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and move to a little home out in the country. Unfortunately, he buys his home with his heart, not his head, and winds up with dilapidated, ramshackle house that, in the long run is cheaper to tear down and build over. And that's just the start of his problems. Mr. Blandings isn't rocket science, it's a cute comedy very much in the same vein as other cute comedies of the 40s and 50s, overall a very enjoyable classic.
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