Film Flick: Some Like It Hot

Friday, March 8, 2013

'Well, nobody's perfect," but the movie just might be, if the awards its garnered are any indication at all! The American Film Institute ranked it at number fourteen on their top 100 greatest American Movies List, and, while they dropped the film down to number twenty-two on their revised edition of the list, it still made number one for American comedies. And let's not forget its Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and for Best Black and White Film.

A film such as this wasn't easy to make either, if rumors are to be believed. Marilyn Monroe was so hard to work with Billy Wilder, the director, banned her from the film's wrap party. And who can blame him, when she threw tantrums in which she refused to come out of her trailer and when she sometimes required upwards of fifty takes to get simple lines like "Its me, Sugar" or "Where's the bourbon" right? Tom Curtis, joked that kissing his co-star was like kissing Hitler. Monroe was not the only one to get some heat though. Curtis managed to offend Holllywood veteran Cary Grant by mimicking his way of speaking when his role, Joe, pretended to be a millioniare.

But despite such struggles, the movie is well-done. When two poor musicians accidently witness the St. Valentine's Massacre in Chicago, it becomes imperative to get out of the Windy City double quick. Which is why they sacrifice dignity- and leg hair- to cross-dress and join an all-girls band. But after meeting the sexy singer in the band, laying low (and ladylike) might be harder than it first seemed.

The film deserves its revered place as number one comedey with its timing and slapstick. The two main characters play off one another perfectly, each taking turns at being the straight man, and hence keeping it from being too stereotypical. Monroe manages to make ditzy funny (even if it probably wasn't in real life!) and, the entire soundtrack works to punch up any moment's humor-potential. As funny as the entire film is though, it might all be considered build up for that last, memorable line. Additionally, Monroe is, unsurprisingly, sexy as can be and manages to give us several good vocal performances.


Despite its strengths though, I did have one cravat-  Once part of this all-girls band, and having met a bombshell of a blonde, our heroes are presented with a problem: How does one woo when the lady in question thinks you are a her, not a him? This film's answer was to find out all her ideal qualities in a man and pretend to have them when you dress up as a (male) alter-ego. Many love stories have the theme of mistaken identity, and are quite well done. Something about this particular one rubbed me the wrong way, but that is a personal preference, one the humor of the film far out-weighs. So, prepare for some good laughs, kooky misunderstandings and some of Monroe's famous sex appeal and you'll find out why Some Like It Hot! 

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  1. Great review! I love Marilyn Monroe so I will def. check it out.

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    1. It is one of my favorite of her films, so I hope you enjoy it.

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  2. I absolutely love this movie haha :) Marilyn is a goddess! Love your blog! I'm a new follower :)

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  3. I got this film for Christmas and saw it for the first time only a few months ago and I loved it. I did kind of wish that Marilyn would fall for the guy as a girl, perhaps more Tempest like. I did find it pretty funny and I love all the comments about the guys being groped.

    I actually find it really hard sometimes to fully enjoy Marilyn Monroe films because I've spent too much time reading sad things about her life! She wanted so much to stop being typecast and always felt controlled by people, but also wanted so much to be included. I always find it so sad that we can tend to idolise her but she wasn't really a very happy person. Sorry for the downer comment! I definitely agree that it's a good film.

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    1. Is it weird that I really enjoyed the millionaire's romance? I did though.

      Monroe seemed to have a very troubled life. My absolute favorite of her movies (that I have seen) is Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. The other actress really did befriend her and I think it shows in their attitudes. I always end up finding Monroe's character's relationships with the other female characters more interesting anyway.

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  4. You're so great at writing reviews! You seriously make me want to go and watch this right now. Its sounds like such a fun humorous movie :) funny that Monroe was so hard to work with though!
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    1. Thank you! Let me know what you think of it if you watch it!

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  5. I will definitely watch this, it sounds like a fun movie! :)

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  6. I love this movie! I usually have issues with mistaken identity movies too, but Marilyn is just so fun to watch. She really had "it," didn't she?

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  7. Surprisingly this is one oldie I haven't yet seen. I had no idea Monroe was so difficult to work with! It's always interesting to hear about the star's lives off camera, since we so often have a picture in our minds put there by the iconic roles they play. I'll have to check this one out soon!

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  8. This IS a great movie! And remember Bosom Buddies I loved this show when I was a kid. I didn't get it but thought it was hilarious.

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  9. this is one of my favourite comedies of all time! :)
    jack lemmon's character was simply amazing ♥

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