54. Bringing Up Baby (B) This deeply disquieting screwball comedy is often considered a classic of the genre. Directed by Howard Hawks and starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, I wanted to like this going in, but I had serious issues with the Hepburn character which really impeded by enjoyment of the film (and, unlike the earlier Woman of the Year, it's not a matter of outdated gender roles or anything). The story is about Dr. David Huxley (Grant, who's usually suave, but here plays a nerd), a museum worker trying to convince a rich woman to donate a million dollars to the museum; in the process of golfing with her lawyer, he runs across Susan (Hepburn). Susan proceeds to, basically, destroy his life through a mixture of near-sociopathic insensitivity and her fixation on getting him for herself despite knowing that he's engaged to be married (even contriving reasons to keep him occupied on his wedding day). All this is supposed to be riotously funny (and there are many very amusing and clever parts), but this woman is just disturbing. Someone check her into a mental hospital right now.