on June 4, 2004
Billy Wilder shows us once more his great skills as director. His versatileness allowed going from the drama (Sunset Boulevard) to the reflexive Stalag 17 and create a classic film noir as Witness for prosecution.
In this case, Wilder throws his glove to the sand about two musicians (Lemonn and Curtis) who are witeness of a multiple murder between members of the mob. This starting point will origin a progressive mistake comedie when they decide escape from a sure death, dressing femenine clothes.
Never before in the cinema there has been such a lot of laughable situations and suggestive jokes. Remember the presence of the eternally unforgettable Marilyn Monroe, who is the perfect balance in this movie.
Nobody is perfect is one of the most famous statements endings of any picture ever.
Please, acquire this one. Lemonn is fine and Curtis is in his best achievement.
Dazzling script and brilliant direction.
An eternal gem.
on June 2, 2004
Jack Lemmon was a great actor in dozens of great films, but Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis were never better than in this Billy Wilder classic. Ms. Monroe and Mr. Curtis share a scene on a yacht that is both funny and guaranteed to raise the pulse of any heterosexual man with a heartbeat. Tony Curtis also does a great Cary Grant impersonation when he is trying to woo Ms. Monroe, and not wearing drag to avoid the Chicago gangsters that have tracked them to Miami. The story is absolutely ridiculous, but the cast runs with it with so much gusto that you can set aside any thoughts about how realistic the story seems to just enjoy the witty dialogue and the hilarious situations that these memorable and likable characters find themselves in. Only recommended for those who'd like a good laugh!
on May 7, 2004
Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) are on the run from the chicago mob after witnessing the St Valentine's Day massacre. They decide to disguise themselves and dress up as women adopting the names Josephine and Daphne and join an all female band heading for a gig in Florida, as saxophone and double bass players. During the train ride to Florida they meet the lead singer of the band Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Joe falls for Sugar who has a thing for saxophone players and is a loser in love.
Once in Florida Joe dresses up as a millionare playboy and adopts the voice of Cary Grant to pursue Sugar, giving himself the name Shell Oil Junior! Meanwhile, Daphne/Jerry is hotly pursued by Joe E Brown a millionaire playboy who's been divorced three times and is looking for wife number four. Little do Joe and Jerry know that the mobsters have also arrived in Florida for a convention.
This is a wonderful fastpace slapstick comedy with a couple of wonderful songs sung by Marilyn Monroe including "I want to be loved by you" and "Running Wild". Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are a scream dressed up in drag and Marilyn Monroe is sensual as the ditzy Sugar Kane. The three main leads interact well with each other despite rumours that there were problems between Monroe and Curtis on the set during shooting. A must see for all film buffs and lovers of romantic comedy films.
on November 16, 2003
Famed director Billy Wilder once said "Movies should be like amusement parks, people should go to have fun". With "Some Like It Hot", one of his best and well-known films, he certainly created an amusement park of laughs, tears, and excellent performances by its three stars. Set in Chicago in the 1920's, it follows the story of desperate musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) who after witnessing a gang bang shooting organized by powerful mob boss Spats Columbo, run for their lives. Their disguise? As "Josephine" and "Daphne", the newest additions to Sweet Sue's All-Girl Band en-route to sunny Florida. While adjusting to their new-found femininity, they meet Sugar Kane (a dazzling Marilyn Monroe), the band's lead singer and resident party girl who always gets "the fuzzy end of the lollipop". Such mayhem ensues on the un-forgettable trip as Joe and Jerry run from the mob, keep up their disguises, and fall in and out of love with women (and men!) under the Florida sun. The Special-Edition DVD includes never-before-seen pictures from behind the scenes, the original press-book gallery, and the trailer, recovered from old film archives. A truly great film, "Some Like It Hot" is sure to keep audiences raving for years to come.
on February 8, 2004
Of course, everyone knows that a combination of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marylin Monroe has the potential to be something special. But, why is this movie worth watching? First off, the movie is genuinely funny with only a small number of laughs coming from silly antics. In this film, Lemon and Curtis provide a fabulous comic balance with the tension needed to make it interesting provided by the presence of Miss Monroe. Billy Wilder was not afraid to introduce the concept of cross-dressing with a purpose. Of course, the movie is first meant to be funny, next a love story and finally a social commentary on the roles we accept due to gender. At the end of the movie you might ask yourself, Do I like it hot?
on February 26, 2004
This is the best movie ever. All the parts are on the ground funny. This is a timeless clasic with a fade out line that no one forgets. A solid 5 starts
on July 24, 2003
I wouldn't describe this as the masterpiece that many people/critics make it out to be. Yes, it is a very well made and edited movie, the soundtrack and acting don't harm it in the least. The "problem" is that, even though it's an archetype of an entire genre, its the archetype of the average of the romantic comedy genre. Some of the slapstick and situational comedy is funny, but slapstick has never made me want to laugh, even if it is funny, and situational has only occasionally.
I guess what I'm trying to convey is that this movie is about as enjoyable, but a little less funny than, recent average romantic comedies like 'when harry met sally' or 'america's sweethearts'. Other than that it has little value outside of increasing the viewer's claim to film literacy and the opportunity to gaze at marilyn monroe and crossdressing musicians. Worth the price of rental, but not purchase unless you're trying to build up a library of 'classics', ill wrought as such or not.
This film is automatically on any list of greatest comedies and is, in fact, ranked #14 among the American Film Institute's of "America's Greatest Movies," period. Although nominated for seven Academy Awards, it received only one (Orry-Kelly deservedly for Best Costume Design) which I think is ridiculous. This may well be Wilder's greatest achievement. It has lost nothing since first released in 1959. The basic situation is that two struggling musicians, Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemon) inadvertently witness gangland murders reminiscent of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and flee the bloody scene, fearing for their own lives. Desperate, they disguise themselves as women (Josephine and Daphne) and join Sweet Sue's All-Girl Orchestra. Joe/Josephine is immediately attracted to Sugar Kane, (Who wouldn't be?) The situation is complicated by Osgood Fielding III's attraction to Jerry/Daphne. Fielding is played by Joe E. Brown to whom Wilder gives the best line as the film ends. Gender-reversals, cross-dressing, and all the confusions and double entendres they permit are brilliantly coordinated by Wilder as we follow the development of several different relationships.
Over the years, Wilder's impact on other directors is evident in films such Tootsie (directed by Sydney Pollack) and Mrs. Doubtfire (Chris Columbus), both of which are highly entertaining but neither of which has the depth and cohesion which Some Like It Hot does. Of course, there are several precedents such as various Shakespeare comedies and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In almost all of Wilder's films, there is an edge (sometimes a very sharp edge) with which he locates and reveals human imperfections with surgical skill. (The Apartment offers an excellent case in point as does.) My own take on this film is that whatever social satire it contains is subordinate to initiating and then sustaining what many would call a "romp" or "sex farce." Few other directors have Wilder's range. I find it almost incomprehensible that the same person who directed this film, Some Like It Hot, also directed Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Lost Weekend (1945), and Sunset Boulevard (1950).
The DVD version obviously offers clearer image and sound but also supplementary material which I also appreciate, notably the "A Look Back" documentary with Leonard Maltin and Tony Curtis as well as the Sweet Sues Featurette (The All-Girl Band) which provide a context within which to appreciate even more this uniquely entertaining film.
on January 9, 2002
There, I've said it. The main reason for seeing this film.
(Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are good too.)
Buy it, watch it, love it. Put on a dress and LIVE it.
The first mainline drag film ever made. A classic. Tootsie, eat your heart out! Priscilla, get down on your knees in the desert and give praise to the original. Wong Foo, love ya, but this came first.
Watch the Special Edition of this DVD for a treat: the original lineup of "Sweet Sue's Society Syncopaters" reminisce about the making of the film and about Marilyn. (And we learn just whose body MM's head was pasted onto for all the original advertising artwork for the film!)
Tony Curtis has a pottymouth. He smirks and sneers while telling tales of Marilyn's "bad little girl" behavior. (In his dreams!) Marilyn had an intense dislike for Curtis, which was only exacerbated by the making of this film. No way did she behave toward him in the manner he states in this smarmy interview with the washed-up relic.
A classic film, a great presentation on DVD. Loved it!
on June 5, 2001
I had the pleasure of watching "Some Like It Hot" for the first time recently. I had heard so many raves about it that I didn't think it would live up to expectations. Well, I was wrong.
"Some Like It Hot" is one of the funniest, best-acted, best-written, and best-directed comedies that you will probably ever see. It's main attraction is, of course, Marilyn, and deservedly so, for she is superb as Sugar Kane, the singer who wants to find a glasses-wearing millionaire with a yacht in Florida. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, as Jerry and Joe the starving musicians are equally adept in their comedic turns as they dress in drag ("Daphne" and "Josephine") in order to escape from gangster Spats (George Raft) after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Why is this film such a legend? It's not the absolute funniest movie I've ever seen. I think its charm stems from the fact that it never goes for the cheap laugh (gee, can you even name a movie like that these days?) and can be genuinely funny and sweet without making fun or being coarse. Call me old-fashioned, but sometimes it's just nice to see that. Plus, you get to witness three superstars at the top of their games. Can it get any better?