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The Family Reviews Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade


Pete: I’m still trying to figure out where the title of this film came from. It was a little drawn out and one of the most tragic stories I’ve seen from that era. It also contained one of the weirdest scenes I’ve ever witnessed when Julie Adams attempts to bathe her daughter for the first time. Being over 70 years old I wouldn’t mind seeing a modern remake of this classic. I’d recommend sipping Rhoenbrauerei Dittmar’s Rhöner Simco Serenade whilst viewing this melodrama. It was quite a shame what happened to their house in Japan.

Penny Serenade Rogers House in Japan

Brigette: This is yet another classic film screaming out to be remade. I found it a bit heavy and it made me want to hug my girls a little tighter. As a film about a marriage weathering many storms, I found it very relatable. My favorite character was Applejack; I wish we had a friend like him. Highly recommended to parents, especially adoptive ones.

Morgan: At first, this film appeared a little dull but as the it went on, it became a heart-touching story about a woman who played the records that she had been given and had bought throughout the evolution of her relationship with her husband. The ending was the most wonderful part of the film and the things before it tugged at your heartstrings and caused lumps in your throat. I liked the format of this film because it was creative, interesting and inventive…even though it was an old black-and-white film. I would recommend this film to anyone who is married or who has raised a family or who are Cary Grant fans. Even though the title doesn’t make much sense to the film, it was still quite a good film.

Gable: This film was much more interesting than I thought it would be. It was a comedic romance film for the whole family to enjoy. You never were totally sure what would happen next or how, but all the more exciting. I enjoyed the concept of how each record represented a different stage in her life and I would very much enjoy creating a modern adaptation of this film. I highly recommend this film to couples who adopted only one child and couples who are currently thinking about adoption or children of any sort but it really is a film for all.

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The Family Reviews Brigadoon



Pete: I tried being lenient on this film, mostly because it is 60 years old. In short: it put me to sleep. Too much tap-dancing, too many songs that dragged on and on. It’s only saving grace was Jeff Douglas’ cynicism and dry wit. I was happy to watch it with the rest of my family as I think we made the most of it by taking the mickey out of it. If you want to watch it, I’d do so with a keg (or at least a few bottles) of Williams Brothers Brewing Company’s Fraoch Heather Ale and laugh along with Jeff. (You might be able to find this one at your quality craft beer outlet as it is available worldwide.) My favorite architectural detail were the thatched roof Scottish cottages.


Brigette: I wonder why so many classic films are musicals. If you can answer this question for me, I’d really appreciate it. I’m not a huge fan of them, but Van Johnson’s character Jeff Douglas made it worth all the singing and dancing I had to endure. Note to screenwriters: This film is screaming out to be remade (minus the singing and dancing).

Gable: This film was a little less interesting then I had expected it to be. I’m a sucker for time-travel stories that involve themselves with love. The singing got on my nerves pretty quickly but that was practically the only downfall of it. My favorite character was Jeff because he was just so funny but I was also a fan of Tommy because I was a lot like him in some ways. It was a good movie but I don’t necessarily recommend to everyone.

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The Family Reviews On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever


Pete: A visual delight with an awesome cast; this ended up being a really great film. The only issue I had with it was the musical component. I would like to see if it would still work with the songs deleted. This would also save about 20 minutes. I’d recommend any beer with a pleasant floral aroma, but this one in particular: Butternuts Beer & Ale’s ESP (English Special Pale).

The opening credits were fantastic.

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And the architectural delights were many.

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Brigette: I get it, Barbara Streisand has a phenomenal voice. But do so many of her films have to be musicals? She’s a phenomenal actress, too! Unfortunately, she often plays man-chasing, self-deprecating characters that make me want to strangle myself with a tie as well. She does get a chance to show off her strong female side as Melinda from one of her past lives. But she is still chasing a man and there is a super cringe-worthy “making love with your eyes” scene as well. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Her style is impeccable, as usual, and so is the style of the whole film. I now have requests for pyjamas that match the bedsheets! Also, a highly entertaining bit of acting from a very young Jack Nicholson. This was actually a very complex, multi-layered film which I probably would have enjoyed a lot more if there hadn’t been any singing.

On A Clear Day Jack Nicholson

Morgan: This film was interesting, confusing and stylish all at once! A perfect film for those who are fans of Barbra Streisand, musicals, very chić fashion and floral print everything. It’s long but good.

Gable: This film had a very interesting and unique storyline, which I quite enjoyed. It also had adorable fashion that matched the rest of the outfit and Daisy’s bedding. I am a fan of both Barbara Streisand and the idea of reincarnation, which made this film all the more interesting for me. I suggest to everyone, especially those who don’t know what reincarnation is or don’t believe in it.

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The Family Reviews Paris When It Sizzles

Paris When It Sizzles

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Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A hired typist helps a struggling screen write hack out the next block-buster movie.

Brigette: A typist and a screenwriter have an unusual courtship.

Morgan: A screenplay writer and a typist fall in love whilst working together to finish writing a movie in two days.

Gable: A young girl is sent to be a secretary for a screenplay writer in Paris and they find themselves falling in love.


Pete: Romantic Comedy

Brigette: Classic/Comedy

Morgan: Comedy/Romance/Classic

Gable: Romance/Comedy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Gabrielle Simpson because of her understated wit and confidence.

Brigette: Maurice/Philippe/Second Policeman because he made me laugh.

Morgan: Richard because he made things funny.

Gable: Richard Benson because he was funny and witty.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Alexander Meyerhiem because of arrogance.

How was the casting?

Pete: Excellent. I really enjoyed all the cameos, especially those by Tony Curtis, Marlene Dietrich, and Frank Sinatra.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It grabbed me immediately and the crazy plot kept me well entertained throughout the majority of the film.

Brigette: It got straight into it but it took me a little while to warm up to it.

Morgan: It grabbed me immediately and I thought it was quite an interesting subject in general.

Gable: It got right into it (something I deeply admire in my films and books) and it stayed funny and interesting throughout.

Have you watched other films by the same actor?

Morgan: Yes. I always enjoy Audrey Hepburn films!

Favorite quote:

Rick: “Why do you think I picked up the girl?”
François: “Because she has big, magic eyes.”

Brigette: “Our Gabby happens to be the most reliable, steadfast and you-cannot-possibly-miss-with-no-matter-how-badly-you-write-it character in all popular literature: the prostitute with a heart of gold.” – Richard

Gable: “In that case, if we are to have a happy and harmonious relationship, I beg of you, never answer a question with a question.” – Richard Benson

What would you change?

Pete: I would have put some giraffes in there somewhere.

How was the ending?

Pete: Predictable, but it still put a smile on my face.

Brigette: Romantic but not sappy.

Morgan: Cute.

Gable: A happy and perfect ending.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Sometimes you might gain motivation from someone you don’t expect.

Brigette: Love often finds you when you least expect it.

Morgan: Sometimes when you work together, good things happen.

Gable: Not all love relationships are constantly smooth.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: 1960’s romantic comedy fans and anyone who has ever had writer’s block.

Brigette: People who enjoy usual comedies.

Morgan: Audrey Hepburn fans, screenplay writers or those who enjoy very silly classic movies.

Gable: People who like Audrey Hepburn films and also interesting films and comedy films and screenplay writers who are struggling to produce good work.

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

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Recipe: Bloody Mary

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Dupont Brewery’s Saison Dupont

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Film Studio Director’s Office

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Where was the most unlikely place you found love?

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