Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
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Screenwriter Nunnally Johnson adapted the novel by author Edward Streeter, whose work was also the basis of Father of the Bride (1950), into this domestic comedy. James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara star as Roger and Peggy Hobbs, a St. Louis couple with a large brood who desire a seaside vacation. Renting a cottage by the ocean is just the first step in a summer fraught with disasters, including a couch potato son, a shy daughter with newly installed braces, a pair of grown daughters who have married badly, and a local yachtsman with eyes for Peggy. Not to mention the ramshackle state of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Since there are no recognizable humans in it, Mr. Hobbs is really strictly for the bird watchers."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Some of the incidents are funny, some are so-so, some are flat. And, of course, in the end, it is concluded that for all this, the family is still strong."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Moderately enjoyable."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is a fun picture, although it misfires, chiefly in the situation development department."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Maybe this isn't 60s family entertainment at its absolute worst, but it's still pretty awful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A wholesome family comedy with Stewart and O'Hara as a couple whose quiet vacation becomes a noisy free-for-all for the kids."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Whirlwind direction, witty quips from screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, and the seasoned Stewart's likability ensure that the laughs keep coming in this fun film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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