Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

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Merrily We Go to Hell: Directed by Dorothy Arzner. With Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard ‘Skeets’ Gallagher. A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

“The problem with this movie is that the sisters – supposedly twins – look NOTHING alike.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film is based on the true-life-story of WNBA stars Heather and Heidi Burge, who overcame sexism etc. to accomplish their goal of being basketball players.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film is okay, and Iu0026#39;m more than pleased that family films can stick to the old formula – no swearing, violence, sex, etc., but a good-natured family film with values – but the film itself is poorly written and acted.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eItu0026#39;s good that films like these can still be made, but the problem lies with (a) bad directors, (b) bad scripts, (c) bad actors, and (d) low budgets that would make u0026quot;The Blair Witch Projectu0026quot; blush.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe fact that Disney will not release films like these into theaters tells us something: they are either too ashamed to release something with actual TASTE, or they are serving to a new generation, THAT THEY CREATED, plain and simple.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFamily films used to be good, but since Disney started making u0026quot;babysitteru0026quot; films off of classics (i.e. u0026quot;The Jungle Book 2,u0026quot; u0026quot;101 Dalmations 2,u0026quot; et cetera…), kids have gotten used to minimum entertainment. They no longer realize what quality films are because CORPORATIONS LIKE DISNEY TAUGHT THEM TO NOT KNOW ANY BETTER. They accept lousy movies because they have been taught to.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003ePerhaps some day we will see a change, but all I see is continual downfall.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is the reason I praise movies like u0026quot;Toy Storyu0026quot; so much – they can stick to the old-fashioned way of entertainment: quality.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs for u0026quot;Double Teamedu0026quot;…unfortunately, despite some good qualities, the film just doesnu0026#39;t make it to a high level…u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e2/5 stars -u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eJohn Ulmer”


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