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facts of life
- kevin sellers
The kind of movie that the Beatnicks, in the era it was made, would have derided as "square," this is a fairly likable, safe, Republican comedy about adultery. (i.e. there isn't any.) It was made in 1960, but has the general air of 1950 about it. (I mean, twin beds for married couples? Seriously? Even sit coms at the time were starting to jettison that Hays Office crap, for cryin out loud!) Hope and Ball try hard to play actual characters instead of their comic personas, with Ball succeeding more often than ol ski jump nose. Some of the scenes with their dysfunctional spouses (well played by Ruth Hussey and Don DeFore, a GOP actor if ever there was one) and some of the stuff in Acapulco, when they're getting to know each other, are decent, but the film gets increasingly silly and tiresome when they realize they are (gasp!) making a horrible mistake, and that they really love their marriage partners. So everything's tied up in a nice little bow of domestic complacency, with not even an ounce of bittersweet to give it resonance. Obviously, we're galaxies away from Billy Wilder here. Or even Frank Tashlin, for that matter. Give it a C plus.
the facts of life 1960 3-5 -2013
- Marty Painter
the facts of 1960 is a good movie needs to be re- released on dvd. the facts of life 1960 is not on dvd needmore . please tcm show this movie the facts of life 1960 it never on tcm . tcm show the facts of life 1960 more needs to be released on blu-ray.
Superb Lucille Ball and Bob Hope
Bob Hope the man with a gag a minute and Lucy Ball whacky as a commedience were in real life superb performers. The Facts Of Life is a fine film that could have been better had it reached for the edge of the story, adultery. Ms. Ball and Mr. Hope were both favorites of the TV world and likely afraid to be to daring thus offend sponsors and audiences alike. Ms. Ball was beautiful in this film which was filmed at Desilu but a United Artists film.
The title fits perfectly...
- Renee Cooney
This movie is by far one of my true FAVORITES with BOB HOPE in it!! The big bonus is having LUCILLE BALL at some of her best too!The movie is very funny, reality type situations and very touching at the end....TCM Channel, PLEASE SHOW THIS MOVIE SOON!! (It's 7-3-2010 today) I have not seen it in awhile and it's a wonderful Saturday night or Sunday afternoon program!! Much better than ANYTHING in the theatres now!I truly recommend this movie for both BOB HOPE FANS & LUCILLE BALL FANS!!YOU'LL LOVE IT!! AND FOR ANYONE ABOUT TO BE OR COMING UP ON BEING AN EMPTY NESTER, WATCH THIS MOVIE!!TWO GREAT TALENTS AT THEIR BEST!!
Charming & Funny
- Caroline Rivero
A True Favorite
I had the pleasure of watching the Facts of Life on TCM Channel.This was by far my favorite Movie of all time.I was very sad to realize that it was not available on DVD.Any ideas if and when it might be..
The Facts of Life should be released
This movie is one of the best movies made by Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. It should be released, how come it hasn't been?
The Facts of Life should be on dvd
This is the best pairing of Ball and Hope.Why hasn't it been released on dvd?Funny story, fine acting, great theme song. Give it a viewing on TCM.
Adult Love in Real Life
This is a charming movie about mature people who have taken each other for granted for years, and who, much to their surprise, fall in love. It is something of an answer to the suburban exposes and suggestive comedies prevalent in the early 1960s. Ball and Hope play members of a prosperous group of friends who find themselves inadvertently the only ones who are able to take advantage of a planned vacation in Mexico. While not particularly interested in each other in the past, they discover that they have a lot in common and enjoy each others' company. When they return from the trip, they begin to serruptitiously "date," and gradually find themselves in love. Ultimately, common sense, and the complicated logistics of giving up their respective families, make them realize that they would be better off leaving well enough alone. However, they are somehow refreshed by the experience, and have no regrets. The ending is bittersweet, but satisfying - at least to the audience.The movie is very gentle, funny, and very pretty to look at. Ball is wonderful as a middle-aged woman who thought she was "past it," and Hope gives a subdued and skillful performance as a man who never thought he'd be courting anyone again, let alone that woman. They are very, very good together. Highly recommended.