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Another musical, which I admit, isn't my favourite genre of film, but this had an appropriate level of silliness that made it
decent.

Set in Paris, the titular American is Jerry (Gene Kelly), a veteran and aspiring painter who moved there for the inspiration he hoped it would give him. He has some friends there, and the focal plot and struggle of the movie is the love triangle that develops between him, Milo, a rich woman who acts as Jerry's patron, and Lise, a young (but engaged!) frenchwoman who captures his heart.

Beyond that, there's not much else, but lots of music and dancing. I enjoy the tap dancing that Gene Kelly gets up to. Whatever happened to tap? It's so... charming!

I found the climactic dance/ballet at the end of the film to be a little drawn out, and the conclusion a little wanting. But the characters themselves are charming, and the film is fun. However, I certainly don't find it Best Picture worthy, given its faults; perhaps 1951 was a weak year, or musicals were a lot more popular.
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