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How to Murder Your Wife (1964)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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George Axelrod's script for How to Murder Your Wife isn't politically correct in the least, but you're likely to get a charge out of it -- provided you are of the male persuasion, that is. Jack Lemmon stars as Stanley Ford, a successful cartoonist and a confirmed bachelor who shares a lavish apartment with his misogynistic manservant, Charles (Terry-Thomas). While attending a friend's bachelor party, Stanley falls head over heels in love with the gorgeous bikini-clad girl (Virna Lisi) who pops

Unrated,

Classics, Comedy

George Axelrod

Oct 15, 2002

MGM Home Entertainment

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A nimble comedy that doesn't make much sense because it makes nonsense, most of it screechingly funny and played by knockabouts who know that the slapstick was invented for keeping an idea aloft, not for beating it into the ground.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Finesse and desire aren't enough to overcome the fact that Axelrod's script doesn't make the most of its potentially antic situations.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Believable or not, this stuff is funny just so long as one can go with the sour joke- -and that depends upon one's tolerance of trivia and also, perhaps, upon whether one is a fellow or a girl.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This dated comedy is saved by Lemmon's comedic genius which eschews macho.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lemmon está ótimo como sempre, e Lisi é belíssima, mas o fraco roteiro e a ridícula conclusão comprometem o filme irremediavelmente.

February 9, 2004
Cinema em Cena

The movie contains unbelievably sexist lines and attitudes, and it's impossible to imagine anyone in this day and age watching the film without being horribly offended.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

Superior 60s sex comedy.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for How to Murder Your Wife

A mostly forgotten gem from 1965 this comedy operates under the seductive fantasy that no man ever really wants to be married. After one drunken night's revelry Lemmon awakes to discover he's slipped up ... and did it, got married (to Verna Lisi! Zowie!). Now what?
Is there any way out of it??? More cute than laff-out-loud funny it does carry more than a few good bits. It's fun cute.
September 8, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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The story is predictable and silly, but there are a handful of really hilarious scenes, which save the movie from being too bad.
December 6, 2010
ajv2688

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Tons of shovanistic fun
December 24, 2008
kenstachnik

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This has got to be the FUNNIEST movie I've ever seen -- one of my all-time favorites
March 1, 2008
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