There is no doubt that this film was influential to many other great comedy films. Ideas like the main character thinking out loud and narrating the movie was used in Ferris Bueller. Ideas like using the main characters fantasies for a laugh was used in the movie A christmas story. Ofcourse this films discussion of sexual tension between males and females has been used many times in movies like American Pie. Ofcourse by todays standards The seven year itch is a classy film compared to films like American Pie. The Seven year itch did it all and influenced some of the greatest comedies of my generation(80's to present).
plot & storyline=5 stars
replay value=5 stars
OVERALL= 4.9 TOTAL STARS
DVD FEATURES: The Seven year itch has awesome DVD features. The AMC backstory explains how Tom Ewell was picked as the starring role, how the censors almost ruined the movie, and Joe Dimmagios reaction to his wife Marilyn Monroes controversial subway scene. Also included is 2 deleted scenes, restoration comparisons and previews for other Marilyn films...
Unfortunately, the image of this scene that actually made it into the film only shows Monroe from the knees down. Apparently the censors not only ate chunks out of the best dialog in the script, but also took pieces of the most vivid iconic iimagery ever imagined to appear on the silver screen!
This film is terribly dated in a 1950's way, and the plot of the original Broadway play from which the screenplay was written was too racy to make the transition to the big screen without a major overhauling of the more interesting scenes. Still, it's a funny film with several great moments.
Despite the heavy-handed censoring, what we're left with is a cute film with Marvelous Marilyn at her absolute best in terms of magical beauty and comedic flair.
Tom Ewell was born to play the role of the "everyman" who sparks a summertime romance with the girl of his dreams,
"the girl upstairs" as she's known in the film. And who else but Marilyn Monroe could play the role of "the girl", a woman who's so fabulous, she doesn't even need a name?
More people have seen the famous still photos of Monroe in that white dress than have ever seen this movie... and that in itself speaks volumes about the enduring magic of Marilyn.
It's a cute film. Enjoy it on a hot summer night with a bag of potato chips and a bottle of champagne. As Marilyn herself would say, "How elegant!"
There are some great scenes, but many of them deal with the outrageous scenes which Ewell imagines, with one of the best being his playing the piano like Sergei Rachmaninoff, while Marilyn sits next to him on the piano bench, and when the real scene develops, we find he can only play "Chopsticks" and the real scene is so far removed from his imagined one.
He's a strange one, this man, and Marilyn plays well in this movie. It's unfortunate that she was so under-rated!!
A great comedy, and it's highly recommended!!
Ewell's awkwardness and assuredness that he knows how to woo women is hilarious and strikes a chord in all men's hearts. He definitely plays to an older crowd-his ideas of dating and romance are wonderfully dated. One gripe I have of the film is that they show us the picture that Ewell discovers of his upstairs' guest (played by Monroe). Why do they show us the picture? The picture would have been better if they had left it up to our imagination.
Marilyn Monroe is loveable in this film, though one can get tired of her naïve character. One has to see this film, if only to catch the now famous subway scene involving Monroe and her skirt. The team who worked on the film did a magnificent job. The DVD is excellent and the extra features are definitely worth a look. "The Seven Year Itch" is a very funny comedy that manages to appeal to modern audiences. I highly recommend it.