In the meantime, Tracy puts on quite a show for the "friends." With Dexter spouting off about their marriage and what a cold, unfeeling goddess she was, Tracy turns to Mike for friendship and consolation. After drinking a lot of champagne at the rehearsal party, they become fast friends, taking a midnight swim. Tracy awakes the next morning hours before her wedding with a massive hangover and no clear recollection of her actions. According to the evidence, it doesn't look very good. All she recalls is going for a swim with Mike. Somehow Dexter has her jewelry and she finds Mike's watch in her room. It looks like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Her fiance is highly displeased with her behavior, but still offers to go through with the ceremony if she promises never to act that way again. Give up drinking and having fun, no way. She is who she is and if George can't accept that, she'd only make him grossly unhappy. In the end, she discovers she's not perfect and winds up with the man who truly loves her, crazy drunkenness and all.
It's hard to put the antic nature of this film into words. It certainly doesn't have the high-energy craziness of BRINGING UP BABY, but it's still more along the screwball lines than a traditional romance. There are several subplots involving Tracy's younger sister Dinah, her Uncle Willy and the unexpected arrival of their father. Everyone has a part to play and they all perform admirably. The dialogue is clever, witty and occasionally mean-spirited. It comes fast and furious, leaving the audience little time to breathe in between barbs. Grant is his attractive, sympathetic, well-dressed self, who makes it quite clear he's still in love with his ex-wife. Hepburn is a little more high-strung than usual, but when she finally lets her hair down in the last third of the film, you'll fall in love with her too. Stewart brings normalcy and honesty to the film, which keeps it from being about just another spoiled rich girl and her troubles with love. It gets a bit bogged down in the middle with accusations about propriety and expectations of behavior, but it still manages to end on a high note.
If you're looking for an honest, sophisticated, romantic, adult comedy, you can't do much better than this. This film captures not only its' cast, but its' director at their prime. There are reasons a movie becomes a classic and this one encompasses every one.