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Cary Grant scored still another box-office smash with his 1958 vehicle Houseboat. Grant plays a widowed father who packs himself and his spoiled kiddies off to a ramshackle houseboat. Enter Sophia Loren, who is attempting to break loose from her tyrannical father's (Eduardo Cianelli) iron grip. She hires on as Grant's housekeeper and his children's governess. Though Grant struggles valiantly to maintain a "hands off" policy, he and Loren are billing and cooing by fadeout time--but not before plenty of reversals, recriminations and sitcom-style mishaps. As a bonus, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Warm romance classic has realistic kid behavior."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Typically overlong late 50s star comedy"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Innocent romantic comedy isn't one of Grant's best, but he and Loren make for interesting watching in close quarters."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This is a warm romantic comedy that is exceptionally perceptive and sensitive about the feelings of the children."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"The leads share so little chemistry I had to double-check the credits to make sure they were in the same movie."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
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