Tag Archive: Charade

I was into this movie from the get-go since both Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are in it. In my book, this movie has it all. It’s a suspenseful thriller, a romance, and it’s surprisingly funny. Plus it has those amazing opening credits and the music of Henry Mancini.

It’s a somewhat silly story, as those quintessential 60s crime capers are wont to be. Audrey Hepburn’s husband dies and it turns out he was a thief and three crooks think she has the loot so Cary Grant (whose name changes every 5 minutes) comes to her aid. Of course they fall in love. Obviously. Grant and Hepburn are so smurfing adorable together that the 25-year age difference doesn’t even bother me (unlike the 30-year age difference between Bogart and Hepburn in Sabrina). Charade is full of amusing exchanges like, “When you come on, you come on, don’t you?” To which Hepburn replies, “Oh, come on!” And Grant’s delightful with lines like, “How about making me vice president in charge of cheering you up?” Oh, Cary, just seeing you doing your “Drip dry, drip dry” bit is cheering me up. This is just the kind of movie necessary on a desert island because it’s so ridiculously enjoyable and funny. Besides, I’ll need something to distract myself from my inevitable demise since my experience will most likely not mirror Swiss Family Robinson in any way.


  1. Prescription drug commercials – Finally, you can get back to your normal life…which apparently includes hiking with other old people, piloting a kayak, and prancing through fields of daisies?   
  2. Stores referring to themselves as “shoppes” – You’re a shop.  One “P.”  Stop being pretentious.
  3. Harem pants – Why?!  On whom could these odious pants possibly look flattering?  Who decided having the crotch of your pants hang down to your knees was a cute idea?
  4. Nicknames for menstruation – Are you surfing a crimson wave whilst your Aunt Flo stops by for a visit?  Ugh.
  5. Celebrities talking about their sex lives – Unnecessary!  We really don’t need to conjure up an image of Sting lasting for hours whenever we hear the Police.  Thanks a lot, man.
  6. Car alarms – What purpose do these obnoxious sirens serve?  No one hears an alarm and actually thinks a car is being stolen; they think “shut off your alarm, jackass!” 
  7. Saying “borrow” when you should say “loan” – Every time someone says “I’ll borrow it to you,” an elementary school English teacher’s soul dies. 
  8. SNL skits expanded into movies (with the notable exception of Wayne’s World) – It’s possible, just possible, that MacGruber will be amusing, but given the SNL oeuvre contains the atrocious Ladies Man and the unnecessary Night at the Roxbury and Superstar, we’re not holding our breath.
  9. The adjectives “edgy” and “quirky” – If a magazine, gift shop, or advertisement of any kind is using one of these words, you can be sure the product in question is not, in fact, remotely edgy or quirky. 
  10. Remakes of perfectly good movies – There was absolutely no reason to take the excellent romp Charade and turn it into the atrocity that was The Truth About Charlie.  Yes, this movie came out 8 years ago and yes, we’re still bitter about it.