Cinema: Mixed Doubles

Love can conquer almost anything nowadays. Unfortunately, it fails with these two movies

Opposites attract. If we didn't believe that slightly dubious premise, our culture--not to mention our inner lives--would be infinitely poorer: no Wuthering Heights, no Bringing Up Baby. On the other hand, to be strictly fair, had we been spared that thought we would also have been spared Abie's Irish Rose and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? You win some, you lose some.

Right now in the realm of movie romance, we're on a major losing streak. For we live in a world where all the old dramatically and comedically interesting barriers to love's fulfillment have tumbled. Class, race, religion, all the...

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