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This review is from: Adam's Rib [DVD]  (DVD)
Adam's Rib sees the lawyer couple of Adam (Spencer Tracy) and feminist wife Katherine Hepburn in a courtroom battle over a woman who has shot her abusive, adulterous husband, in a comedy which questions the double-standard for men and women present in society. The film highlights some of the prejudice women met at that time, while also showing how they were aware of the possibilities of exploiting it. For its time, the film has an interestingly liberal and even stance, although perhaps it falls too much in favour of Adam.
One of the films best aspects is its portrayal of the loving relationship between Tracy and Hepburn, as he attempts to understand and reconcile his wifes beliefs and she tries to cut him some slack. The real-life relationship is evident in the chemistry the two share, producing one of the most believable couples seen on screen, and providing a warmth at the heart of the film.
Hepburn is ideal for the part of Amanda, as she brings strength to her character without turning her into a cliché, as she is still feminine and human. Tracy is also excellent as the bewildered husband Adam, dispensing some sharp lines. The climax is a little contrived but this can be excused as romantic comedies are never the strictest with reality!
Although, this film was well-acted and witty, it rarely made me laugh out loud and some of the set-pieces seemed a little lame. Inevitably, the film has dated - comedy tastes change. Despite this, i was still entertained and the charming performances of Tracy and Hepburn kept me watching. This film has gone down as a classic of its genre and I think deservedly so.