One word, and that can be found in the title, explains the purpose of the movies. It should be fun or challenging or scary, but most of all, it should be entertaining. I believe that is an aspect that many in Hollywood have regretfully forgotten. Instead of entertaining the masses, Hollywood seems to be looking for a way to push a sociological change or political agenda. My Fair Lady, directed by George Cukor in 1964 (based on the 1913 play Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw) is not looking to do anything but find an entertaining situation and show the world. In this essay, I will explain why this My Fair Lady fulfills the function and purpose of movies.

         The movie portrays Eliza Doolittle (played by Audrey Hepburn) and her transformation from a sad little flower girl for pennies to royal status. Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), with a little help from Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), is the mentor and sometimes dictator who led Eliza to this change. The movie has some side-splitting, in your face, comedy that is, quite frankly, very politically incorrect but quite delicious and thoroughly entertaining. The wonderful way in which Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison dash and flop their bodies around for the audience to laugh is quite exhilarating and most importantly, it is entertaining.

         In this essay, I have demonstrated what the main function of a movie is, and gave an example of My Fair Lady as an example of a movie that fulfills its purpose. My Fair Lady is why movies are so popular. This movie is entertaining first and foremost. When one watches this movie, the individual completely disassociates him or herself from the world and leaves feeling relieved, refreshed and not beat up by a political or social stance.

Christian F. Runyon

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