Pat and Mike Reviews

  • Apr 29, 2021

    Anything combining Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and George Cukor can't be anything less than wonderful. Although Adam's Rib is my favourite of the Hepburn & Tracy pairings, Pat and Mike is fizzing with the snappy banter and electric, yet easy chemistry of its stars. Although many classic romantic comedies can make a feminist cringe with their outdated ideas of the little woman, Pat and Mike, and especially the mould-breaking Hepburn, challenges some of that. Pat proudly wears trousers (watch your language in calling them pants, darling) and is an athletic star - mastering several sports at top levels with just natural ability. The triumph is when she trades in her domineering, traditional beau Collier (William Ching) for her gruff, but sentimental manager Mike. Tracy is wonderful in the role - I love his rough Bronx humour paired with the vulnerability of finding such a glorious woman in Hepburn. Their chemistry is legendary for a reason, their strong personalities would seemingly clash, but instead there is an ease and comfort of meeing their match - or as Mike would say "5-Oh, 5-Oh". Never has stretching after a workout been so sexy. It's a film in which you will find yourself grinning like a lovebird.

    Anything combining Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and George Cukor can't be anything less than wonderful. Although Adam's Rib is my favourite of the Hepburn & Tracy pairings, Pat and Mike is fizzing with the snappy banter and electric, yet easy chemistry of its stars. Although many classic romantic comedies can make a feminist cringe with their outdated ideas of the little woman, Pat and Mike, and especially the mould-breaking Hepburn, challenges some of that. Pat proudly wears trousers (watch your language in calling them pants, darling) and is an athletic star - mastering several sports at top levels with just natural ability. The triumph is when she trades in her domineering, traditional beau Collier (William Ching) for her gruff, but sentimental manager Mike. Tracy is wonderful in the role - I love his rough Bronx humour paired with the vulnerability of finding such a glorious woman in Hepburn. Their chemistry is legendary for a reason, their strong personalities would seemingly clash, but instead there is an ease and comfort of meeing their match - or as Mike would say "5-Oh, 5-Oh". Never has stretching after a workout been so sexy. It's a film in which you will find yourself grinning like a lovebird.

  • Jul 21, 2020

    Nothing new but the cast is a lot of fun.

    Nothing new but the cast is a lot of fun.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Great Movie I'm Watching It Now/

    Great Movie I'm Watching It Now/

  • Aug 08, 2015

    It's hard to deny the chemistry between Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but this film really lacks the weight of some of their others.

    It's hard to deny the chemistry between Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but this film really lacks the weight of some of their others.

  • May 30, 2015

    Smartly written and fueled by the undeniable chemistry of Hepburn and Tracy.

    Smartly written and fueled by the undeniable chemistry of Hepburn and Tracy.

  • May 25, 2015

    Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy spent most of their screen partnerships intwined in battles of the sexes, but "Pat and Mike" finds them at their most harmoniously warm, headlining a romantic comedy without highbrow bite or indirect sexism. While thinly plotted, the film is one of their breeziest pairings, in part to George Cukor's smartly scattered comedic zest and the screenplay's knack for uptown/downtown musings. Hepburn portrays Pat Pemberton, a physical ed instructor who spends her afternoons training athletic collegians. Her days of competing are far from over, though; as the film opens, she is basking in the final few moments before an important golf match. Pat is a dynamic athlete, but she has a minor problem when it comes to performing. Whenever her fiancee, the pompous Collier (William Ching), appears for support, her skills take a downturn, as if he were a bad luck charm. Collier wants Pat to retire from her sports career so she can become a full-time wife, but Pat, independent and smart, knows deep in her heart that she doesn't want to marry him and doesn't want to waste her days cleaning and cooking and kid raising. She has more important things to do than fill general women's roles. After a particularly rough match, thanks to the presence of the smarmy Collier, Pat is down in the dumps, but her athletic prowess is noticed by Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy), a sports promoter who normally supports boxing acts. Right then and there, he deems her the world's top female athlete. But with her tendency to screw up at the worst of times, Mike becomes determined to train Pat until she becomes a wunderkind with the ability to smash cultural norms and sports records. As the two begin to see each other more frequently, however, it seems that mutual attraction is steadily growing, and traffic cones like Mike's other subject, a bird-brained boxer (Aldo Ray), prejudiced mobsters, and a smug Collier, will hardly stand in their way. I suppose "Pat and Mike" works so well because there isn't a moment in its 95 minutes where its stars are hating each other. In the subtly sexist "Woman of the Year", the entire middle half was spent with Hepburn and Tracy hardly attempting to overcome marital woes; in the witty "Adam's Rib", combative battles of words came more regularly than moments of adoration. "Pat and Mike" is a rather thin, simplistic romantic comedy, but without much conflict, it spends more time being likable than it does messing with our heads. It's a wonderful change of pace for its stars. Hepburn trades hardness for an affectionate, slacks not pants wearing performance (boasting her athletic skill along the way), and Tracy's teddy bear, Chicawgo affability is impossible to resist. Supporting performer Ray nearly steals the film as Mike's other client, Davie. A gentle giant of a dope who probably spends his days laughing at "The Three Stooges" while swigging beers, his nights bruising his little brains, Ray is a lovable and goofy supplement to his lively co-stars. With writing team Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon's ear for the distinction between city dwellers and the intellectual middle-class, "Pat and Mike" is unsubstantial but towering in its charisma. It's a joy from start to finish, a comedy showcase for Hepburn and Tracy.

    Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy spent most of their screen partnerships intwined in battles of the sexes, but "Pat and Mike" finds them at their most harmoniously warm, headlining a romantic comedy without highbrow bite or indirect sexism. While thinly plotted, the film is one of their breeziest pairings, in part to George Cukor's smartly scattered comedic zest and the screenplay's knack for uptown/downtown musings. Hepburn portrays Pat Pemberton, a physical ed instructor who spends her afternoons training athletic collegians. Her days of competing are far from over, though; as the film opens, she is basking in the final few moments before an important golf match. Pat is a dynamic athlete, but she has a minor problem when it comes to performing. Whenever her fiancee, the pompous Collier (William Ching), appears for support, her skills take a downturn, as if he were a bad luck charm. Collier wants Pat to retire from her sports career so she can become a full-time wife, but Pat, independent and smart, knows deep in her heart that she doesn't want to marry him and doesn't want to waste her days cleaning and cooking and kid raising. She has more important things to do than fill general women's roles. After a particularly rough match, thanks to the presence of the smarmy Collier, Pat is down in the dumps, but her athletic prowess is noticed by Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy), a sports promoter who normally supports boxing acts. Right then and there, he deems her the world's top female athlete. But with her tendency to screw up at the worst of times, Mike becomes determined to train Pat until she becomes a wunderkind with the ability to smash cultural norms and sports records. As the two begin to see each other more frequently, however, it seems that mutual attraction is steadily growing, and traffic cones like Mike's other subject, a bird-brained boxer (Aldo Ray), prejudiced mobsters, and a smug Collier, will hardly stand in their way. I suppose "Pat and Mike" works so well because there isn't a moment in its 95 minutes where its stars are hating each other. In the subtly sexist "Woman of the Year", the entire middle half was spent with Hepburn and Tracy hardly attempting to overcome marital woes; in the witty "Adam's Rib", combative battles of words came more regularly than moments of adoration. "Pat and Mike" is a rather thin, simplistic romantic comedy, but without much conflict, it spends more time being likable than it does messing with our heads. It's a wonderful change of pace for its stars. Hepburn trades hardness for an affectionate, slacks not pants wearing performance (boasting her athletic skill along the way), and Tracy's teddy bear, Chicawgo affability is impossible to resist. Supporting performer Ray nearly steals the film as Mike's other client, Davie. A gentle giant of a dope who probably spends his days laughing at "The Three Stooges" while swigging beers, his nights bruising his little brains, Ray is a lovable and goofy supplement to his lively co-stars. With writing team Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon's ear for the distinction between city dwellers and the intellectual middle-class, "Pat and Mike" is unsubstantial but towering in its charisma. It's a joy from start to finish, a comedy showcase for Hepburn and Tracy.

  • May 14, 2015

    Cute little romance comedy between a trainer and an athlete.

    Cute little romance comedy between a trainer and an athlete.

  • Nov 13, 2014

    A typically smart, lively pairing of legendary screen couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The combination of Tracy's gruff, working-class demeanor and Hepburn's ladylike, patrician bearing provides 'Pat and Mike' with its best comic moments. Keep an eye out for a young Charles Bronson.

    A typically smart, lively pairing of legendary screen couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The combination of Tracy's gruff, working-class demeanor and Hepburn's ladylike, patrician bearing provides 'Pat and Mike' with its best comic moments. Keep an eye out for a young Charles Bronson.

  • Jun 30, 2014

    Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Two great actors from the golden age of Hollywood. Definitely a movie not to be missed.

    Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Two great actors from the golden age of Hollywood. Definitely a movie not to be missed.

  • Sep 05, 2013

    A cute little romantic comedy about all round athlete Katherine Hepburn & unscrupulous yet likeable Spencer Tracey as her promoter. Strangely this wasn't exactly what I expected but nonetheless an enjoyable film largely due to their charisma on screen. It was as comic as I thought it would be but still was interesting to unravel & see a more much physical than usual performance from Mrs Hepburn. A cute little comedy that is worth the watch...

    A cute little romantic comedy about all round athlete Katherine Hepburn & unscrupulous yet likeable Spencer Tracey as her promoter. Strangely this wasn't exactly what I expected but nonetheless an enjoyable film largely due to their charisma on screen. It was as comic as I thought it would be but still was interesting to unravel & see a more much physical than usual performance from Mrs Hepburn. A cute little comedy that is worth the watch...