Funny Face (1957) - Comedy, Musical, Romance

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An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 17 out of 135 found boring (12.59%)

One-line Reviews (98)

Having developed the photo Dick thinks that Jo has a very intriguing, funny face that has potential, so they lure her to the studio to offer her a modelling contract, and eventually she accepts.

Enjoyable in spire of its flaws .

This is a highly enjoyable film.

What makes the movie worth watching is what makes most of Audrey Hepburn's movies worth watching--a priceless, unforgettable scene in which Hepburn communicates that she has fallen utterly in love.

There is no plot.

Funny when it's gently skewering the fashion industry and self-righteous pseudo-intellectualism; banal in its clichéd and predictable love story; emotional when Audrey Hepburn gets to hint at the powerful emotions she can't reveal and weak in its rapturous "Oui, oui, it's gay Paree!

Her very last film project was a wonderful documentary titled Gardens Of The World (1993) and Audrey in her early 60's was still lovely, elegant and riveting on screen.

Paris is the most beautiful and exciting city in the world and is the real star of this film.

Exaggerated her bossiness but enjoyable never the less.

Audrey Hepburn was the Julia Roberts of her time: Pretty, but boring and over-hyped, with no real acting talent or skill.

so they're just bland.

enjoyable musical .

To an AWFUL LOT of us, the usually overpraised FUNNY FACE is boring, pretentious intellectual cotton candy with shallow romantic drivel substituting for the far more solid stage material that INSPIRED the film or even the possibly interesting real life story of Richard Avedon.

This time it's Fred Astaire who succumbs to her charms in this engaging musical featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, including the famous title tune.

But, considering that it stars Fred Astaire, it's still well worth watching.

Maggie with her expansive ideas for the magazine with Jo as the new woman, Jo reluctantly agreeing to model so she can get to Paris, and Dick photographing Jo in some stunning creations (designed for Hepburn by Givenchy).

Of course when she's the 'brainy' girl she's ugly and drab.

If not for the watchability of the stars, and some of the cinematography, (and some of that is truly mucky, I assume due to the bad Parisian weather at the time)it wouldn't be worth watching at all.

Unfortunately, it turns out to be an extremely lifeless, boring enterprise, with some classic Gershwin songs just thrown in (and wasted) in the mix.

Pretentious intellectual cotton candy...

That pretty much is the plot, not much to work with one would think, but the director Stanley Donen has taken this cotton candy of a storyline and fashioned one of the most enjoyable and best musicals of the 50's, and maybe ever.

Funny Face is one of the most enjoyable film musicals; the songs were great.

It certainly emerges an entertaining, exuberant musical as one would expect.

Kay Thompson is best recalled for being the creator of the little girl at the Plaza "Eloise", but she shows here a highly entertaining performance as Maggie Prescott, the editor who pushes and loathes pink.

But that's not fair, quite, so think of it as an up and down ride with some very very fine high points which make it worth watching.

Overall, worth watching and let's call for equal treatment, if Fred Astaire could have a romance with a dish like Audrey Hepburn, in this movie why couldn't Kay Thompson have been having a fling with James Dean?

Hepburn taking a pose in a green silk gown with her hair pulled back and that neck as long and graceful as a swan's is stunning.

"Existentialism" has to do with: "An introspective humanism or theory of man which expresses the individual's intense awareness of his contingency and freedom; a theory which states that the existence of the individual precedes his essence.

However, the further and further I got into this movie the more I wanted to turn it off.

This movie tells women should only "think pink" (what a cliché for modern age) and tries as many cheap tricks as possible to make fun of intellectualism by making Audrey say "empathicasm" (can't remember that word) zillion number of times.

The strange subplot mocking beatniks led to some confusion.

I watched this film for the first time earlier today and enjoyed it.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

Anything with Astaire is worth watching!

The second person worth watching this movie for is Kay Thompson as Maggie Prescott.

He also holds the only slightly intriguing character and dialogue, standing out from the remaining wreckage of the film, which is mostly fluff without entertainment.

Funny Face is an enjoyable musical.

Turns out even Audrey Hepburn can't overcome a lame plot, dull music, unimaginative direction and a unconvincing and wooden leading actor.

Off hand, I can only think of five or six genuinely enjoyable film musicals that DIDN'T originate on stage.

Enjoyable .

With energy, style and flashy camera-work going into it, this is an enjoyable enough musical, even if one with a dull screenplay and predictable romantic interest.

And was it really necessary to play on the cliché that a girl who enjoys to read and demonstrates the general ability to think must be a sexually unattractive virginal frump?

The 5th one is memorable, a highlight: "Paris Can Be So Dull When I Sing To An Anorexic Librarian".

Some of them really are quite breathtaking.

Only in mid-20th-century America would a harem of lemming-like "yes-women" blindly follow Thompson and mindlessly praise her every mundane uttering.

The plot as a whole is rather uninteresting.

Enjoyable Musical .

"We're In Paris, But We Remain A Dull Bunch" is the vivaciously sung 4th song.

No plot is taken from the original musical at all.

Hepburn is cast in a somewhat unexpected role, as a drab intellectual store clerk who gets involved with Fred Astaire's (much older) photographer character.

Btw, the Edens songs provide some of the films best moments -- "Bonjour Paris, On How to Be Lovely" and the sly, stunning "Think Pink.

The story is engaging too, with wit and satire directed against the cleverly contrasted worlds of high fashion and beatnik intellectualism.

Fred's dancing looks very childish and pointless and the chemistry between him and Audrey is average at best.

Hepburn's famously strange dance is entertaining.

It all just seems so contrived and lame.

This was definately one of the worst movies I ever had the displeasure to sit through.

It was rather boring, the romance seemed forced, and the extended dance scene in the bohemian café did nothing for me.

Forget the story (for the most part) and enjoy the remarkable Astaire-Hepburn-Thompson magic, the glorious Avedon titles and stills and the breathtaking cinematography.

But her wildest dream is to meet professor Floster (Flostier in the French version) whose theory on empathy she finds fascinating.

Average them out and you still have a waste of time.

It's about as plotless as a music video, and the relationship between a young girl and a much older man is fairly questionable.

"Funny Face" was great fun during its first runs and is still a most enjoyable musical.

Both the lead stars are backed up by a very impressive and cheeky turn from Kay Thompson, and the visuals matched with the gorgeous costumes help to bring everything together for a hugely entertaining production.

Much of this movie is forgettable, though enjoyable fluff.

The colors are breathtaking.

This snappy musical teams an ageing Fred Astaire with the young and lively Audrey Hepburn, puts them in Paris with a lovely Gershwin score, and piles on the slush to create romantic confection that really is irresistible.

(Even her duet with Hepburn, "How To Be Lovely", was running on empty when it started.

Fred Astaire plays a photographer inspired by her nature but his scenes falter due to musical numbers that are often long drawn and pointless.

The dancing of Audrey Hepburn in a Paris club and a nice split screen dance when the leads arrive in Paris are exciting.

Unfortunately, all glorious things must come to an end, and that goes for this thrilling musical, too: the last song is a classic unrivaled by any other jaw-breaker, "'S Wonderful That This Movie Finally Ended, So Please Stop Snoring".

This is an entertaining, enjoyable movie.

As long as you do not take the premise or the characters or the plot too seriously, this is an enjoyable movie with an interesting pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, plus an excellent supporting performance by Kay Thompson and some good-looking settings and scenery.

The opening "Think Pink" number is snazzy and snappy and one wonders and is sadden that Thompson only made three films.

The script is by turns funny, banal, emotional and weak.

There are times when I expect him to bust a move but nothing happens.

Enjoyable Enough as Long As It's Not Taken Too Seriously .

Fred Astaire is really flat in one of his most uninteresting roles.

A fun and entertaining musical that any Audrey Hepburn fan should see.

More than boring, this film is irritating.

The music is tuneful but not particularly memorable, apart from two songs, "'S Wonderful" and the title song, and the plot is a fairly banal one.

The music and dance numbers are very entertaining.

" However she does quite well with dancing, and of course looking absolutely fabulous in those stunning Givenchy designs.

The plot is as simple as you are likely to see, but it's the whole structure of the film that makes it a memorable and enjoyable piece.

I have to say, the most enjoyable role in this movie is played by the supporting actress, Kay Thompson.

The sight of Audrey descending a vast stairway in a stunning red Givenchy gown is classic and has been referenced frequently in other movies and countless advertisements and commercials.

Sometimes the satire of trendy philosophy comes off well, at other times it gets a little dull.

This was one of only a few movies starring anyone I have had to turn off because I could not stand watching it anymore.

Again, Astaire is the only performer that delivers, even through drab choreography.

Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Stanley Donen, great Gershwin tunes, a terrific rare glimpse of the incomparable Kay Thompson and above all some of the most exciting visuals and overall art direction ever caught on film.

It looks beautiful, with stunning locations(Paris especially looks gorgeous), splendid costumes and sets and ravishing photography.

But within minutes Hepburn sees another side to Flostre which is unexpected, and suddenly realizes that Astaire may be right after all.

I wouldn't rate Funny Face too high, perhaps a 5, maybe 6/10 at a push, and it is worth watching, just don't expect too much from it.

" As always, Fred Astaire's dancing is worth watching, and, although her singing is more flat than melodic and her dancing mixed, Hepburn is always a winning charmer.

If you find that entertaining (and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, if you do), then this is the film for you.

Still, it is worth watching her to see just what it is that makes her so mesmerizing.

Unless you are a die-hard fan of either Hepburn or Astaire (or both), you'll be left wondering how such a pointless film could have obtain "classic" status.

By the end of the film, all you are left with is Paris eye candy and a flat, uninteresting script.

It's so delightfully buoyant and colorfully entertaining, I don't even care that they are incessantly trying to convince us that Audrey Hepburn isn't gorgeous.