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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story
  • UR
  • 1h 52m
  • 1940
Certified Fresh100%
Common Sense Media Iconage 11+
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Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart star in the classic,multiple Academy Award-winning romantic comedy--The Philadelphia Story.On the eve of Tracy Samantha Lord's (Hepburn) wedding, her blue-blood ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant), returns. C.K. discovered that a national tabloid plans to do an expose on Tracy's philandering father and has agreed to smuggle a reporter (James Stewart) into her wedding if the magazine kills the story on the elder Lord. But C.K. never expects that the woman he still loves will suddenly fall for the undercover reporter. Now, before the evening is over, Tracy will be forced to take an unflinching look at herself and to realize which of these three men she truly loves.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh100%
Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
'40s screwball romance still charms; lots of drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 comedy in which Katherine Hepburn must choose, on the night before her wedding, between her husband-to-be and two suitors, including her ex-husband. This is a very funny comedy of manners, beautifully performed and directed, with lots of snappy-smart 1940s-style dialogue. However, it's a bit risque, and the class politics may be lost on younger kids. Many of the characters drink throughout the movie and are shown drunk, leading to consequences regarded by some characters as "shameful," resulting in blacked-out hangovers. Characters smoke cigarettes, cigars. A domestic quarrel is shown between a husband and wife that ends with the husband putting his hand on his wife's face and shoving, causing her to fall to the floor. Kids might be confused by the outdated gender roles. Parents should know that alcoholism, divorce, adultery, and lechery are made light of.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 26, 1940
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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