Total Film - 01/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "FUNNY FACE is a visual treat. Technicolor set-pieces showcase the real stars of the picture -- Hepburn's lavish, Givenchy-designed dresses."
Wall Street Journal - 08/28/2009
"George and Ira Gershwin supplied the music and lyrics. Thompson, Astaire and Hepburn supplied the magic."
Splashes of vivid color light the way through Stanley Donen's very modern musical. "Think pink!" commands Miss Prescott, head of Quality Woman fashion magazine, and American women obey--all except Jo (Audrey Hepburn), an intellectual young woman who tries to prevent Miss Prescott from staging a photo shoot in Jo's bookshop. Photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) sees something interesting in Jo's "funny face," and soon he's lured her to Paris to model during the day and discuss philosophy in smoky cafés at night. Modeling Givenchy clothes, Hepburn steals the color in every scene, and her funny face enchants all, including Dick and, unexpectedly, the dark and handsome philosophy master whose theories Jo adores.
The musical numbers are primarily duets--Jo and Dick glide together in each other's arms, Jo and Miss Prescott find unexpected solidarity in womanhood, and Dick and Miss Prescott cavort in the philosopher's salon--but the most engaging scene is when the three come to Paris, plead exhaustion to one another, then secretly race around the city, singing and dancing and reveling in being tourists.
Serious thinker Jo catches the interest of fashion photographer Dick Avery, who is seeking a natural and "funny" face to take with him to a Paris fashion show. Seeing the opportunity to bring her ideas on philosophy to the Left Bank cafés, Jo agrees to join him, but once in Paris, Dick's focused attention on her and the fairy-tale clothes inspire daydreams of love. Fred Astaire's silky dance moves and Audrey Hepburn's fresh, wistful spirit charge this modern-day Cinderella story with elegance and charm.
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