I, too, had not heard of this movie until recently. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I found the story to be very enjoyable. Being an almost middle-aged bachelor, I could certainly identify with the lead character(although I'm not sure I'm quite as noble ;-). However, the one thing that bothered me about this movie was that I felt it ended rather abruptly and left some unresolved conflicts. I mean, just when it was getting good and I was certain things were about to get more complicated, it ends! Frankly, I felt a bit jilted!
What about the relationship between Marty and his mom? Would she finally come to terms with the idea of Marty getting married? Would the girl really take Marty back after he ditched her for his gang? If so, why didn't we get to see a scene at the end with Marty and his girl back in each other's arms (or getting married)? What about the grocery store Marty wanted to open and the job that his girl was thinking about taking out of town? What about his brother's relationship with his wife? And, most importantly, what about some sort of come-uppance for the nagging aunt who turned Marty's mom against the idea of him getting married (after she had pleaded with Marty to go find a nice girl!)? I think they've could've added 30 more minutes to the film, and given us a little more satisfaction! =)
Just my two cents....
Most haven't heard about it because most are stupid and short-sighted, and possibly lazy. This is a small gem that has sadly been overlooked, like hundreds of other movies.
lately I go through the academy award archive which includes all the major nominations beginning from 20s. That's how I discovered Marty, which is currently on my watch list.
I only know about it because we studied the screenplay in school. we had to write a conclusion...mine was, shall we say, different.
"It's not easy having a good time. Even smiling makes my face ache."
I see what you mean, I felt the same way when I first saw it, but I think the point is that the Aunt and the mom and the friends and everything else going on in his life were not important enough for him to let go of this woman who he loved so completly.
As for his aunt's behavior being revenged I don't know how neccassary that is! I mean I think she was in the picture more for her lonely position's variation on the main theme than as a means of destroying Marty and Clara's relationship. Her unhappiness at growing old and, in her own mind useless, was what was causing her to speak the way she did to Marty's mother which in turn was what caused Marty's mother to speak the way she did to Marty. Marty's friends were the same way and for the same basic reason, they're own selfish fears.
Marty folds to the pressure he feels to please everyone, at first, but eventually sees what is most important. The last scene was saying that things would still be complicated, as in real life, but they'd still work out.
The people in this movie are very ugly and are losers. This is America and we have no such time for losers like these people. Give me Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, and Paul Walker, people with substance and true acting ability, as well as being beautiful inside and outside.
Hehehe F-u-n-n-y ... Yeah just what we all want to watch 'beautiful' people admiring themselves in the mirror.
Don't Make Me Have to Release the Flying Monkeys!