Bringing Up Baby Faux Pas

Yesterday I posted the Yahoo! list of the 100 movies you should see before you die. While I was ecstatic that Bringing Up Baby was featured, I was really disheartened by the reasons given to see this movie.

Screwball comedy at its finest! One of many film pairings of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, but this time she’s zany and he’s nerdy (a true stretch). As they circle each other (heiress vs. scientist) in his lab endless pratfalls ensue. Although it was poorly received and almost derailed Howard Hawks’ directing career, it opened the door for the brainy, silly romantic comedies we still love today.

This is the worst description of Bringing Up Baby I have ever read. Not only is Katharine Hepburn’s name spelled wrong (a HUGE pet peeve of mine) but the plot is completely off. They’re never in his lab, unless Connecticut is a science laboratory and I just never knew that. It also doesn’t mention Baby (the leopard). Bringing Up Baby is only the title of the film, so it certainly cannot be important.

I find it frustrating when someone can’t get the facts straight. Especially when their writing will be published and especially when writing about a movie.

Maybe I’m overreacting (a little). Maybe I’m being a film snob (definitely). But getting the facts right isn’t too much to ask for. Is it?

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