The Grass Is Greener

1960

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

60
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 3873

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Cary Grant as Victor Rhyall, Earl
Jean Simmons as Hattie Durant
Robert Mitchum as Charles Delacro
Deborah Kerr as Lady Hilary Rhyall
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 10 / 10

Absolutely darling!

I don't know why The Grass is Greener isn't a go-to classic comedy, like Some Like it Hot or It Happened One Night. It's darling! Based off the play by Hugh Williams and Margaret Vyner, it's hilarious, witty, charming, and endearing.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are married and stuck in a minor rut. When Deborah meets an American tourist, their attraction is undeniable. Yes, I know, she has Cary Grant at home, so perhaps Robert Mitchum is the only man Hollywood could have cast to make her infidelity believable! Before long, Deb and Bob are having a hot-and-heavy affair, and to help him deal with the problem, Cary recruits the advice of his faithful butler Moray Watson and his flirtatious friend Jean Simmons.

Every part of this movie is cute, even the song during the opening credits and Hardy Amies's beautiful costumes. The script is very funny, with a mixture of jokes, wry one-liners, and situational comedy. I'm not even a Deborah Kerr fan, but she's just as delightful in this movie as her three co-stars.

Remember the split-screen scene in When Harry Met Sally when the four friends are on the phone? That scene was a re-make; the hilarious original can be found in The Grass is Greener. I highly recommend this cute comedy. After you watch it, maybe you'll adopt the phrase, "So I went to Harrods and bought a sponge!" in your household, as I have in mine.

Reviewed by pyrocitor 8 / 10

Pandora's Box

Bookmarked by a cheery chorus extolling the joys of "the stately homes of England", Stanley Donen's The Grass is Greener at first promises to be a pleasantly rich, thoroughly British comedy of manners, repartee and archly subtle barbs ready to go. The film elicits so comfortable a viewing state, in fact, that it takes some time to clue into the slow, inextricable escalation evolving on screen. The final result is an impressive transformation indeed: a sly, witty affair (pun intended) that, while unpacking the virtue of old-fashioned sensibilities, demonstrates a markedly modern undercurrent of risqué subtext and the place of tradition and posterity in the twentieth century. Donen's film is a charming and sophisticated satire, without ever becoming stuffy or unengaging. Most importantly, it highly enjoyable through and through.

The film's clever script by Hugh Williams and Margaret Vyner, nimbly repurposing their own play, keeps the plot plugging along at a slow but subtly rising pace, with an opening poking fun at vacant tourists and the upper class elite stubborn enough to cling to the antiquated decadence of their heritage while begrudgingly opening their historic homes to the riff raff for sustainable income. However, as the conflict settles in, enough genuinely surprisingly twists and turns and pockets of action pop up for the film to never feel excessively talky. It's also impressive how cavalier the film is about its central infidelity conflict and (arguably more controversial) the motivations behind sustaining a strained marriage. Mercifully absent is the implicit judgement in many comparable narratives released in the thick of the Hays Code, making the film feel much more like a story than an ideologically spring-loaded cautionary tale.

Unsurprisingly, the film's main draw is its trifecta of Hollywood mega stars comprising the central love triangle, the allure of whom Donen cheekily demystifies by introducing them as squabbling babies over the opening credits. However, rather than awards-baiting scene-chomping, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum all turn restrained, deadpan performances - this is a British comedy of manners, after all, and acting out would be intolerably uncouth. Nonetheless, all three possess such natural star magnetism that, when armed with the script's arsenal of clever zingers and double-entendres, makes them eminently watchable throughout.

An uncomfortable situation unwound to its full satirical potential, The Grass is Greener unpacks social performativity with deft ease. Fans of the stars, or those seeking an old-fashioned jaunt with a slyly contemporary edge are cordially invited to experience the distinct pleasure of visiting this stately home of England.

-8/10

Reviewed by Edgar Allan Pooh 6 / 10

You'd expect a movie to be able to upstage . . .

. . . the stage play upon which it's based, but such apparently is not the case with THE GRASS IS GREENER. Except for a brief men-in-waders scene, this verbose exercise in talking sex to death might as well have been filmed on Broadway. Sure, there's a few touches of window dressing with have-and-have-not automobile comings and goings, as well as a walk-through of a couple high-ceilinged rooms. However, these scant minutes' worth of "real life" hardly provide an adequate antidote for what seems like hours of grueling repartee that may have sounded scintillating in a playwright's mind, but generally fall flat on stage, and pancake to paper thinness on a Big Screen. As a supposedly accommodating husband, Cary Grant looks particularly long-in-the-tooth, making his willingness to settle for his wife's sloppy seconds entirely reasonable (if not very convincing). However, Deborah Kerr's wayward wife "Hilary" character comes off as more gauche than a family's new mutt, who debuts by humping everyone's leg at an important dinner party. Any right-thinking household immediately would have such a nuisance pet "fixed," which is what most GRASS IS GREENER viewers will be hoping for Hilary.

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