Mr. Hobbs Takes a VacationBy Jane Louise Boursaw
MPAA Rating: NA
This 1962 classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a harried city-dweller who dreams of spending some quality vacation time alone with his wife (Maureen O'Hara). But when she convinces him to bring the whole family along, their relaxing escape at the beach quickly turns into a comedy of errors, complete with a dilapidated rental with some serious plumbing issues. Complicating matters are a maid who doesn't understand English, a first love (Fabian) for the Hobbs’ awkward teenage daughter (Lauri Peters), a son who prefers to watch TV westerns all day, and the misadventures of two sons-in-law -- one philandering and the other out-of-work. Based on the novel by Edward Streeter and featuring music by Henry Mancini, this movie is wholesome, gentle humor -- something that's all too lacking in many modern family movies. Wonderful for kids 7 and up.