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Adam’s Rib (1949), a movie

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I recently saw the movie, Adam’s Rib, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. There’s much to talk about, especially regarding these two, who had an affair that lasted 26 years, but as interesting as that might be, I’m not going to focus on it. Instead, I’m focusing on the film, which centers on equal rights for women.

The plot revolves around the defense of a wife who shoots her husband, because he’s been having an affair with another woman. Mr. Bonner (Spencer Tracy) is the assistant prosecutor, and Mrs. Bonner (Katharine Hepburn) is the attorney representing the wife. It took me a long time to understand which rights, exactly, should be equal in this scenario. But it finally became clear to me during the closing arguments of the trial: that if a man has the right to protect his family, shouldn’t a woman have the same right? Mrs. Bonner’s main theory is that if a man had committed the same crime, wouldn’t the jury find him not guilty for attempted murder, since he was protecting his family, and shouldn’t they extend that same determination to the wife in the same position.

It’s particularly interesting because, of course, the film audience is subjected to the inner workings of the Bonner marriage, and the sexism that exists within that marriage. So it’s a double whammy. But one can’t forget that this is a comedy, so there are random inane moments also.

Definitely what I would call entertainment and I recommend having a look at it.

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