When I first watched Gigi on TCM about 5 years ago, I gave this a 4.5/5. But with each subsequent re-watch, the rating went lower and lower, and now I'm scared to watch it again.
The major issue with the film lies with the story and the characters. Our co-lead, Gaston, is pretty misogynistic, treating very few of the women, especially poor Gigi, with respect. I can't see what any of the women see in him, aside from his incredible looks.
Gigi is made up to be a courtesan, and I just can't help but feel disgusted by this. And that her grandmother and aunt are willing to do this makes it even worse.
As a musical... Gaston says it…