Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby
Bringing Up Baby
  • UR
  • 1h 42m
  • 1938
Certified Fresh93%
Common Sense Media Iconage 8+
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Screen legends Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in one of the greatest screwball comedies ever filmed--Bringing Up Baby. David Huxley (Grant) must complete an exhibit on dinosaurs before his wedding in order for his museum to receive a $1 million grant. But while Huxley is playing golf with his would-be benefactors, heiress Susan Vance (Hepburn) meets the reserved scientist and decides she will marry him--even if he is already engaged. Using her pet leopard, Vance lures Huxley to her Connecticut home--where a terrier makes off with the vital last bone for Huxley's exhibit. Now, a desperate quest for the missing dinosaur bone rapidly spins out of control as Huxley loses his fossil, his fiancée and his freedom in a hilarious, madcap adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.
New Yorker
Richard Brody

The enduring fascination of this 1938 screwball comedy is due to much more than its uproarious gag...

June 22, 2017
Variety Staff

There is little rhyme or reason to most of the action, but it's all highly palatable.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic screwball comedy with loads of tame laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there are a lot of physical misadventures in Bringing Up Baby there no injuries in this madcap comedy. And except for a few shots of a roaring, teeth-baring leopard nothing is frightening or threatening in a real way. Characters are clumsy -- fall, bump into walls, drive incompetently, and more. “Baby,” a tame leopard, is confused with a wild leopard which results in some chasing, erratic gun play, and more pratfalls. A character drinks to excess, also as a source of humor. There’s one throwaway reference to going "gay.”

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:February 18, 1938
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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