Bringing Up Baby
Love runs wild for a hapless scientist and an unstoppable heiress in Howard Hawks's classic screwball comedy that ranks high on the American Film Institute's list of the funniest Hollywood films ever made. With her eye on paleontologist David (Cary Grant), heiress Susan (Katharine Hepburn) lures him to her home. But the hilarity begins when Susan's dog steals David's prize dinosaur bone and her pet leopard, Baby, is mistaken for a zoo escapee.
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- Howard Hawks
- Top 100 Laughs
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Movies
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; 4 revealing documentaries; vintage vault treasures; hilarious comedy shorts.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that while there are a lot of physical misadventures in this madcap comedy there no injuries; 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."
- Sexual Content
- Flirting, some embracing, a few instances of gentle sexual innuendo. When the male lead is forced to wear a woman's frilly robe, he ironically asks someone who is gawking at him: "You think I just went gay all of a sudden?"
- In this "screwball comedy" all action sequences are cartoonish and played for comic effect. A dog and a leopard scuffle on the grass with some growling and incidental biting. Two characters fall and slide down a short precipice. Lots of pratfalls ¿- slipping, falling, minor car accidents with dented bumpers and fenders, clothing gets torn, chickens escape and run rampant, a young woman hangs from a platform, and a museum dinosaur exhibit crashes to the ground. There's a case of mistaken identity when a wild leopard is thought to be tame. The leopard bares his fangs, roars. Some non-threatening gun play as the characters try to catch the wild leopard.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Even the most uptight people -- in this case, a single-minded scientist who appears to have no room in his life for emotion or pleasure -- can learn to live with spontaneity, passion, and joy.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A family gardener drinks from a flask each time he appears; his constant tippling is played for humor. Moderate alcohol consumption during dinner and at some social events.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it