Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

DVD - 2005
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When one of New York's top drama critics pans a good friend's show and its leading lady's performance, war is declared by both. The reviewer, his wife, four bratty kids, and their English sheepdog move to the country, but it does not solve the reviewer's problems.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2005, 1959
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780790746661
0790746662
Branch Call Number: DVD PLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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EliseForgo
Dec 29, 2016

Can't believe people are critiquing the parenting instead of the movie! It's a movie, it's really funny, I LOVE Doris Day's character and the way she interacts with her family (you've got to be a strong woman to live with 5 males!) If you are a Stepford wife or a member of the parenting police, you will find a million things in this movie to be offended by. I, however, found it much more real and relevant than most movies of it's era, forward thinking in so many ways (remember it was made in 1960!) and just plain fun. Highly recommended. (I should just point out that the producers never intended for kids, so if you worry that your kids will find wrong ideas here, do as the producers intended and don't show it to your kids!)

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janetw11
Feb 14, 2016

Totally agree with Nursebob's review here. This movie was a major disappointment. This review was spot on. David Niven was terribly miscast and Doris as the mother does not seem to want to spend much time with her children. The baby in the cage bothered me, as did the 2 times the other kids had him dangling on the sill of an upstairs window. There is one scene where the boys make a big crash in the bedroom and Doris, in the kitchen with her husband, doesn't even bother to go see if anyone is alright. I did like the dog. And yes Janis Paige is the bright spot in this film. Made me want to look for more films with her in them.

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ThomasJWhiting
Dec 09, 2015

Lots of fun - especially watching shapely Doris in many stylish dresses/pants. Oh, and Janis Paige, too.

The kids are pretty whack - just like in Jean Kerr's book.

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Nursebob
Jan 31, 2015

Doris Day plays her trademark coiffed doormat in this vacuous cupcake of a movie that makes you feel as if you should be laughing out loud even as you stare glassy-eyed at the TV screen. David Niven is terribly miscast as her husband, a former professor turned big theatre critic whose new-found celebrity begins to take precedence over his familial duties much to Doris’ sad dismay. When the two of them decide to move from the glamour of NYC to a home in the sticks, accompanied by their endearingly bratty kids (one of whom is kept in a cage) and obligatory precious pooch you’d expect all sorts of wholesome hijinks to ensue. They don’t. Virtually every joke falls flat, including the Rock Hudson reference, and the two musical interludes serve no purpose other than to provide just enough time to walk to the kitchen for a snack. The only bright spot is Janis Paige in her role as a Broadway vamp who tries to seduce Niven. She brings a sexy comedic presence that is pretty much wasted here. One expects a certain amount of sugary sweetness in any Doris Day film but this one’s enough to give you a mouthful of cavities. (As an aside, check out the big lesbian veterinarian who comes to visit....what was Doris thinking?!)

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ostwald
Jan 12, 2013

I have seen the movie and I had liked it I had laughed through the movie this isnot for children to watch

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