Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace is definitely a classic film, so that means I’m supposed to like it — right? I don’t know why I had never seen it before, but I finally got around to it the other day. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Cary Grant was unconvincing in the lead role, and nothing about this movie held my attention very much. The best actors were Grant’s aunts, played by Josephine Hull and Jean Adair. (Maybe I should have heard of them, but I hadn’t.) While screwball comedy has never been one of my favorite genres, I usually like it better than I liked this one. There are some amusing lines, but on the whole I don’t think it’s worth seeing.

Categories: Movies & (occasionally) TV