I CAN’T EVEN!!!!
I do find The Philadelphia Story a little problematic, but mostly because these two characters don’t end up together.
This is from a bio of Katharine on The Hairpin, which you need to drop everything and read now if you love her half as much as I do. GO! READ IT!
I refuse to entertain the notion that there is anything wrong with The Philadelphia Story as it stands.
When I was in my teens (when I first saw The Philadelphia Story and Katharine Hepburn was a major life and fashion icon) I was bummed that she didn’t wind up with Jimmy Stewart. But watching it now, as an adult lady, I can’t see it ending any other way. The version of her that he sees is absolutely something she needs to hear (and that whole scene! is perfect!) - but Cary Grant actually gets her, he’s seen her at her worst, and he’s still nuts about her. (You know that even though she says she’ll try, she’ll never be yar.) Plus, you know, Cary Grant.