- Aug 22, 2002
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My experience is pretty much the exact opposite. I can't remember how old I was when I first saw it, but for some reason I've always remembered asking my mother what the deal was with "I'm the son of a sea-cook" and what made it a gag. I was young enough that her answer itself was euphemistic. At any rate, I remember it being really funny to me - at the time I was rolling on the floor regularly over things like Warner and Popeye cartoons, Laurel & Hardy, Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason. I can't remember at what point in my adulthood it became painful to watch, but it has been ever since.As a kid I thought Grant was so over the top the whole thing was embarrassing. Having then seen it many years later I was like oh wow this is really a wonderful performance. And honestly it is such a huge part of the film that if it were too over the top it would not be held with such affection. Yes it is filled with wonderful character actors but Grant has the monumental task of keeping it all together and he pulls it off brilliantly. He is dazzling in this.