It tells the story of three friends, Ted Riley (Gene Kelly), Doug Hallerton (Dan Dailey) and Angie Valentine (Michael Kidd), who are all soldiers in World War II. Now it's 1945, the war's ended, and the three friends all arrive back home. They decide to make a pact amongst themselves: They won't see each other until a decade later, while they go their separate ways to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Then they'll meet up to see how well they're all doing.
Now it's 1955: While they have stayed true to this promise, when they return and meet up again they find out they have essentially nothing in common anymore. Not only that, but all their dreams havent been fulfilled.
It's Always Fair Weather provides examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending: While the three are now friends again, they now go their separate ways for good.
- Darker and Edgier: The film is often noted to be much more cynical and downbeat compared to the usual light fare seen in other MGM musicals.
- Engineered Public Confession: Used against Charles Z. Culloran about the fight fixing that he's built his crime empire on.
- To the Tune of...: "I Shouldn't Have Come" is sung to the tune of the Blue Danube waltz, which is playing in the restaurant, as the three friends wonder why they can't stand each other anymore.
- Trash-Can Band: During their drunken binge in 1945, the three buddies attach trash can lids to their left shoes and do a wonderful sort of tap dance number pre-Stomp.
- Visible Boom Mic: An in-universe version of this to get the confession
- We Used to Be Friends: When Ted, Doug, and Angie meet up again after a decade apart, they realize that each one of them now has nothing in common with the other. Not only that, they all now hate and cant stand each other.