Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Teacher's Pet (1958)

IMDb plot summary: A newspaper editor joins the class of a journalism professor who despises him, and they begin to fall in love.
Directed by George Seaton. Starring Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young, and Mamie Van Doren.

Out of all the Doris Day romantic comedies I've watched recently, this one is the best, although that's not saying much. Day is actually fairly likable in this film -- she's a lot more appealing playing a calm intellectual than a hot-tempered housewife. Clark Gable, on the other hand, is maybe the least attractive I've ever seen him, both in personality and in appearance. That doesn't mean its not interesting to watch, just that I didn't want him to win any of the "him vs. her" victories. The story has a bit more depth than many rom coms, with its exploration of education and journalism sometimes yielding fairly interesting questions beyond, "How will the couple end up together?" It does wobble badly in its third act, adding too many twists to what should be a simple finale, but it's fairly watchable, especially if you like either of the lead actors.

2 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Teacher's Pet < Rebecca
Teacher's Pet > Bad Moms
Teacher's Pet < Liz & Dick
Teacher's Pet > Planet 51
Teacher's Pet < The Wicker Man (1973)
Teacher's Pet < The Whole Nine Yards
Teacher's Pet < Anything Else
Teacher's Pet > A Shot in the Dark
Teacher's Pet > Green Lantern
Teacher's Pet > Michael Clayton
Teacher's Pet < Zero Charisma

Final spot: #1701 out of 2500. The lower third of my chart is really out of whack, because this shouldn't be quite that low.

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