1938 NR 1h 33m DVD


1938 NR 1h 33m DVD
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Engaged to wealthy Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), freethinker Johnny Case (Cary Grant) discovers that her family wants to remake him into their idea of the perfect son-in-law -- and he's beginning to consider compromising his values. But as he gets to know Julia's headstrong sister (Katharine Hepburn), he realizes he has more in common with her. Directed by George Cukor, this witty romantic comedy earned an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction.
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres , Edward Everett Horton, Henry Kolker, Binnie Barnes, Jean Dixon, Henry Daniell
George Cukor
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Holiday is the classic 1938 Grant/Hepburn movie about a young man on the verge of marrying into a wealthy family who, much to the chagrin of nearly everyone in the family, wants to escape the workaday grind and see what life and the world has to offer. There is lots of cigarette smoking--this is, after all, a movie from the 30's with Katharine Hepburn playing one of the leads--as well as cigar smoking. One of the characters is always drunk--he stumbles around, slurs his speech, and cracks 30's-style quips that make intoxication and alcoholism seem almost fun. There is also some dated sexist attitudes--Grant's character remarks on Hepburn's character's accomplishments are impressive, "for a girl." Aside from this, while undoubtedly a classic movie, the "snappy" 1930's dialogue and the the timeless-yet-adult concerns of paying the bills versus experiencing life outside of working make this best for older teens and adults capable of understanding the context of the times and the larger themes presented.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


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Social Behavior

Themes of following one's dreams no matter where they take them, as opposed to a lifetime of working in an office and making money simply for the sake of paying bills or in order to attain prestige is explored.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

As a movie from the 1930's--and a movie starring Katherine Hepburn at that--characters are often smoking cigarettes. Cigar smoking. One of the lead characters is always intoxicated; in one scene his sister asks him, "What's it like to be drunk?" and he praises the sensation.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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