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Definitely one of the greatest comedies of all time. A very well acted and scripted film. Well worth the watch.
IMDb rating of 8.4 puts this near the top of available comedies. It's fantastic. Watch Marilyn Monroe at the height of her career with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon joining an all women band to hide from gangsters.
This was the first time I have seen this movie, and I was able to see it in the theater. :D It's kind of hard to review the movie so soon after seeing it, but my gut is telling me that I really liked it. Marilyn was very real throughout the movie, despite her role as 'bombshell.' I loved the ties to real events (Valentine's Day Massacre), and I loved the human qualities of the characters. The next to last scene with Marilyn singing and Tony Curtis's reaction was magical. The movie's only drawback is the gangster plot wrap up that passes coincidental on its way to ridiculous. That nitpick is very easy to overlook, though.
I really can't find anything wrong with this movie. Who could possibly say anything bad about a movie with the mafia, jazz, and Marilyn Monroe? Sex. Drugs. Booze. It has it all.

Curtis and Lemmon are on the run from the mafia because they were witnesses to the St. Valentine's Day massacre (Hey look! History!... more or less). They end up dressing as women and joining an all-female band on their way to Florida. There they meet Monroe, who fantasizes about the perfect millionaire man. Curtis comes up with a brilliant idea to pretend to be a millionaire (thanks to some convenient connections), and Monroe and he fall in love... with one problem.

Curtis and Lemmon were quite amusing in their emasculating attire. Monroe also did a beautiful job playing the naive Sanduskian ukulele player.
(VHS) (Second Viewing, 9 Wilder films)

In my steady disregard of Billy Wilder's filmmaking skills in the last year or two the charm and wit of this movie had been greatly obscured. Some Like it Hot is truly is a cinematic diamond, and the credit should be given to the performances by Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, and the hilarious script by Wilder and frequent collaberator I.A.L Diamond.

This is perhaps the epitome of Miss Monroe's power as a beautiful and fragile butterfly, and she's breathtaking, and Tony Curtis does that killer Cary Grant impression, but I thought Jack Lemmon stole the show. His facial expressions (particularly that wide, sappy grin) and that awful forced laugh had me in stiches the entire film. This time around I also caught the numerous cinematic references in the film (like George Raft's character Spat's asking a tough guy flipping a coin "where did you learn that stupid trick?" when he had originated in one of his early gangster movies decades before) that would have been impossible to see my first time around, as Some Like it Hot was one of the first classics I ever saw.

Though I'm now willing to grant this film masterpiece status along with Sunset Blvd., I still think Wilder's actual filmmaking skills are remarkably amateurish for someone considered a great, but Some Like it Hot is so much fun that in the end it just doesn't even matter.

This is a fast-paced, cross-dressing romantic comedy. It's about two guys in a band who got mixed up with some mafia guys and have to hide out by joining a girl band in drag. Marilyn Monroe is one of the girls. Her character's kinda simplye and ditzy, likes to party, and dream (mostly about marrying some rich guy). Still, considered me seduced. I'm checking out more of her films. Like Happy, Texas, the two guys in drag gets into interesting and funny situations and relationships.
Actually, I loved a lot about Singin' in the Rain and Some Like It Hot. It was only Citizen Kane that really disappointed me.

Apparently, I have horrible, horrible taste.

I appreciated the cinematography. I noticed the shot selection. The acting was very strong, especially considering the period. The story was well-structured... the flashbacks and recollections were a great way to slowly draw the viewer deeper and deeper in to the story.

But, I just didn't enjoy it. Hardly at all. The 7 I rated it is more for respect than for love. Eh, whatever. I'll give it a second viewing sometime. I've heard from many that it takes a few to really appreciate the film, so I'll give it a go and see if my opinion improves at all. I just wish the film would've left me feeling something, and it didn't.

Anyways, Singin' was great, and I can't believe I've never gotten around to it before. I'm not much of a musicals fan, but every single number (except the long, drawn out, and, well, BORING "Gotta Dance" or whatever it was called) was enthralling. Good plot, good humor, good music, good characters = thumbs up.

Same with Some Like It Hot. I was impressed and annoyed that it took me so long to finally see this film. The only thing I didn't like was the framework for the plot- the whole "gangster" thing. The chases were neither exciting nor all that amusing to me. *shrugs* The rest of the comedy, though, was gold. Especially the scene on the yacht (you know the one I mean). I always thought Marilyn was beautiful, but I never really knew why she was so legendary till I saw this. Jeeeeebus. Sexiest woman I've ever seen on camera.

"Water polo? Isn't that terribly dangerous?"
"I'll say! I had two ponies drown under me!"

:D A-teeheehee.


I don't know if it's the way that one-liners (good ones at that) make up the entire screenplay, the terrific performances, or the great endings that make Billy Wilder's films so great. It's easy to take for granted how much work goes into this films because they're just so consistently good that you have to step back to appreciate just what is being accomplished. I've always like Some Like It Hot, but it's slowly grown into a love for the film. The way it's always laughing with the audience without being farcical. The emotional meloncholy it's characters have. That and the fact that if there was ever sexuality visualized it's Monroe in this film. Jack Lemmon, well he's just himself. I think what's held me back is Tony Curtis playing his playboy as a pseudo Cary Grant, but when one knows Grant it's laughable to see anyone even try to be him. Still, you know, nothing's perfect.

Some Like It Hot starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis is by far the funniest movie ever put to film.

Lemmon and Curtis play a couple of jazz muscians that are in need of work. They witness a bloody mob murder in a garage and quickly try to flee from Chicago. They decide to dress in drag and become women in an all women's band. Curtis and Lemmon both quickly fall for the same woman, and once they arrive in Florida, things get even trickier.

Sugar (played by Marilyn Monroe) has told Josphine (Curtis' female character) that she wants to meet a millonaire in FL and be swept away to a better life. Ironically, Jerry (Curtis' male role) is a saxaphonist, the instument that Sugar falls for the hardest.

Meanwhile, Daphne (Lemmon) has found an admirer in Osgood, a rich mama's boy. Jerry decides to become the man Sugar wants the most, a millionaire. All these ingrediants add up to a ton of laughs.
The following scenes are the best of the best:
Party in Upper 7: During the train ride to Florida, Sugar comes to thanks Daphne for taking the blame for a previous transgresion. As they talk, Sugar is basically laying on top of him. She rubs his feet to get them warmer...seeing Lemmon react to this situation is dynamite. "I'm a girl, I'm a girl." is all he keeps repeating.
As a favor to Jerry, Daphne goes on a date with Osgood. They dance the night away, doing the tango in a Cuban bar. When Jerry comes home after his date with Sugar, Daphne is still awake. Lemmon is humming the same song from earlier and shaking a pair of marracas. He says that he has news for Jerry, he's engaged. "Who's the lucky girl?" asks Jerry. Lemmon, dreamy eyed, responds: "I am."
Other scenes are just as funny...these are just what sticks out. Lemmon and Curtis are golden and so laugh out loud funny.

The only thing that detracts this movie is Marilyn Monroe. I hate her breathless delivery...but, as I say this, she is perfect for the role of Sugar. The simularities between reality and fiction are crossed as Monroe was a depressed alcholic and so was Sugar. There's just so much to love about this one.

"When Wilder put together gangsters, wise-cracking, cross-dressing heroes and Marilyn Monroe, he wrought a laugh riot played by an inspired cast."
-- Angie Errigo, EMPIRE MAGAZINE
For some reason, we have a tendecy to laugh at a comedy when it involves characters doggedly pursuing their simple goals and failing to achieve them. Perhaps that is why Some Like It Hot continues to be entertaining and occasionally hilarious forty-five years after its release. Billy Wilder's film contains moments of sophistication and clever wit, but the humour in the movie essentially comes from watching people we like doing things we don't quite approve of in order to satisfy their basic desires (which are, in this film, for either sex or money). Wilder's comedy shows that, at heart, humans are selfish mammals who will do whatever it takes to stay alive and enjoy themselves. Despite the selfishness of the characters, Some Like It Hot is always endearing and charming because we understand their motives. The movie begins somewhat slowly, with two band players (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and being forced to hide from vicious mobsters. The two decide that the best way to avoid recognition is to dress up as women, and since they remember that a club in Miami needed two women band players, they sign up with an all-female band and immediately ingratiate themselves. Naturally, complications ensue, most of them caused by the fact that both men are attracted to the band's lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Once Some Like It Hot arrives at the Miami scenes, it becomes an endlessly joyous comedy. Curtis attempts to woo Monroe by pretending to be a millionaire (with a not-too-subtle Cary Grant accent), while poor Lemmon is left fending off a lecherous millionaire played wonderfully by Joe E. Brown. Although some of the humour in Some Like It Hot is fairly obvious and a little forced, most scenes sparkle with the verbal wit and impeccable timing of the best screwball comedies. Lemmon gets most of the juicy lines, but Curtis and Monroe are just as funny because their characters are so unashamedly deceptive. Some Like It Hot is a great, endlessly enjoyable comedy, and although it may not live up to its billing as the funniest film ever made...well, nobody's perfect.

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