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I Was A Male War Bride (November 21/06)

Saddled with an egregiously thin premise and woefully underdeveloped characters, I Was A Male War Bride has little to offer all but the most ardent Cary Grant fan - although it seems likely that even they'll be turned off by the lack of wacky shenanigans (ie Grant's character spends less than five minutes disguised as a woman). Grant stars as Henri Rochard, a French officer who spends much of the film's first half bickering with an American soldier named Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan). Their relationship eventually (and inexplicably) turns romantic, and the two spend the rest of the movie cutting through red tape in an effort to get married. I Was A Male War Bride's horrifically dated vibe is exacerbated by the screenplay's aimless structure, and it's often difficult to discern the motivations of the film's sketchily-drawn characters (ie why do Catherine and Henri initially dislike each other?) And although things do improve towards the end, the viewer certainly has to wade through a lot of mediocrity and repetitive antics to get there.

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© David Nusair