Why watch a ’58 film with Loren and Grant?

My husband always groans when I delve into classic films. But watching Sophia Loren and Cary Grant team up in an endearing romantic comedy in the film Houseboat was worth it.

Here’s why:

  • Powerhouse lead actors are typically cast in strong films.
  • It was produced in 1958 yet the two marriages are far from nuclear family.
  • The painted backdrops are hysterical.
  • The audience must play along when a derelict houseboat is renovated in a snap by a family with three kids.
  • The adults leave for an evening at the country club without a thought given to a sitter.
  • Group gawking at Loren is entirely acceptable.
  • Bonus shots of DC as Grant works for the State Department.