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children & family, comedy, romance

This OscarĀ®-nominated film has the legendary Cary Grant as a government attorney who can't seem to shake his bad fortune. Living on a houseboat, widowed and left with three unruly kids, he hires Sophia Loren as a governess.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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Warm romance classic has realistic kid behavior.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a warm romantic comedy that is exceptionally perceptive and sensitive about the feelings of the children.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the different ways that the three children show that they are hurt and sad. How do each of them show when they are beginning to feel better? What can you tell about Caroline's feelings when she gives the dress to Cinzia? Why does Cinzia tell Angelo the story about the necklace, and why does it make him leave without her? Was Cinzia wrong to leave for the dance when she had promised to go fishing with David?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006


- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Cute entertaining flick from Cary Grant. Not one of his best, but I could spend two hours watching Cary Grant take out his trash. This time around he's a divorced man taking in his three young kids after their mother dies in a car accident. He hasn't been much of a father up until now, so he's having to spend a little while getting the kids to like him again. When the youngest boy wanders off during a concert and is found by Sophia Loren, she takes him back to Grant's apartment and the kids beg him to hire her as their maid. Through a series of events, the family ends up living on a houseboat. In the meantime....well, you can guess what happens from here. Cary and Sophia scratch and claw at each other first, but then instead of fur, sparks fly. Grant is gorgeous, Sophia is gorgeous, and the whole film is a fun little romp suitable for the whole family. And unlike 90% of the romcoms, this one didn't make me nauseous. Good job.

- webalina, Monday, August 10, 2009

3 stars

love this film if only for the chemistry between it's top stars...electric!

- ApeneckFletcher, Wednesday, April 23, 2008

3 stars

A pretty dumb romantic comedy that skirts a little too close to sitcom territory for comfort, but it's Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. And you can't argue with that.

- garyX, Saturday, June 16, 2007