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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Movie Review

Breakfast at Tiffany's might be one of the most popular Audrey Hepburn films besides the iconic Roman Holiday. The movie that popularized the song, Moon River, which we can still hear today, the elegant dresses, and Tiffany & Co.

Although this film has stamped its mark in film history, it has its share of controversies.

Plot Overview

We follow the story of Holly Golightly, a woman living in an apartment building in downtown Manhattan. One morning she was awakened by her new neighbor, Paul Varjak, who requested her help to let him enter the building. Soon she prepares to leave to visit a mobster named Sally Tomato to deliver her weekly weather report.

One night as Holly goes out on the fire escape to elude her eager date, she peeks into Paul's apartment and sees his decorator, Emily, leaving money and saying goodbye.

Holly learns from Paul that he is an aspiring writer who has not published a work since five years ago. She shares that she is earning money to support her brother Fred. The two fell asleep but were awakened after Holly experienced a nightmare.

Holly buys a typewriter ribbon for Paul as an apology. She also invites him to a wild party she has organized. He meets her Hollywood agent, who mentions that her transformation from a country girl to a rich, elegant woman is astounding. Paul soon learns that Holly hides a huge secret, and she may not be what everyone thinks of her.


Breakfast at Tiffany's is a feel-good movie that is easy to understand and like. It dwells on character development and progresses with its story by establishing its personality, attitude, and reactions. A huge hands down to the legendary acting performance of Audrey Hepburn.

Everything about this film is refreshing, from its shot to the excellent soundtrack. I like it when a movie emphasizes bright colors, like Holly's elegant dresses.

Breakfast at Tiffany's has its share of controversies, especially regarding the stereotypical portrayal of Holly's Japanese landlord, Mr. Yunioshi. I don't like his character, even though he adds humor to the film.

Overall, this movie is not bad or great but a pretty solid film nonetheless.

A good 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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