A different audience

The movie I watched tonight was Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry. This is a Kate Hepburn movie made in 1986 and from the little posted online about the movie the most information seems to focus on this being written specifically for Katharine to be the star.

I’m not sure what I would have thought about this movie if I saw it in 1986 but watching it for the first time in 2012, I found it a delightful and hilarious farce depicting the posing of people according to their perceived status. Kate, as the actor, and her character Mrs. Delafield, highest of upper-class WASP, were both stellar women. Harold Gould, as her Jewish doctor and lover, was superb.

A well-to-do widow shocks her snobbish WASP family when she announces that she has fallen in love with her Jewish doctor. His family is equally devastated by the news leading both individuals to have to fight the prejudices of their families and of their narrow-minded neighbors.

Margaret and Marvin find love and a reason to live fully again in their 70’s while their family and friends are stuck in their ruts ruled by society or religion. There’s a the peeping Tom neighbor who would have considered the death of his best friend preferable to her marrying a Jew. The children of these too-old-to-live-or-love lovers are so concerned about either inheritance or cultural sagas that only one says – go for it. Fortunately the wisdom of the aged can be awesome.

This movie portrays the most delightful multicultural wedding I’ve ever seen.

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