American composer Cole Porter looks back on his life as though it were one of his performances. His popular songs such as Anything Goes, It\'s De-Lovely and Night and Day are juxtaposed alongside events in his private life including the complicated relationship he had with his wife.

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The film is most entertaining when it recreates Cole Porter\'s famous tunes and musicals, but it\'s overly polite.

Cole Porter lived life, according to this film, as though every day would be his last and Kevin Kline intelligently portrays Porter?s charms and flaws. His performance is mischievous and clever - although his singing voice is grating after awhile. Even though De-lovely\'s big revelation is that Porter regularly slept with men, this is strictly a heterosexual love story, with elegant costumes and choreography. The film is most entertaining when it recreates Cole Porter\'s famous tunes and musicals, but for a guy who wrote a song like Aint Misbehavin ? De-Lovely is overly polite.