Movie Review: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

The fam and I decided to watch a movie last night, and after some perusing on Netflix streaming, I settled on Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, a vacation that goes horribly wrong–you can’t miss right? For once, I was right. It really was a fun movie. Was it flawless? No. Some of the film really dragged–especially the first bit–but it all came together nicely in the end and really left a good feeling behind it, which a lot of movies these days can’t do. The “Awful Vacation” category is a tried and true Hollywood vehicle these days, and they typically end up being a lot more rotten than the one Jimmy Stewart goes on in this movie (likely because with each film that comes out, the vacation has to be a bit more lousy to live up to expectations). However, that worked for me, probably because the movie remained realistic. There weren’t many spots when I totally just gave up and thought “that couldn’t happen.” Instead, it seemed like a perfect storm for trouble, from the arguing relatives to the snobby boss who shows up. Better yet, TRC enjoyed it, too. So, wins all around. I give it three stars, and if you’re wanting to watch some light fun, give it a shot. The soundtrack by Henry Mancini is an added plus in the movie’s favor.

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