Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Kiss Me, Stupid



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Movie Info

This delightfully vulgar sex farce about infidelity and mistaken identity features Dean Martin as "Dino," an alcoholic playboy musician who falls for the charming wife of an aspiring songwriter.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2003


as Polly The Pistol

as Orville

as Barney Millsap

as Big Bertha

as Mrs. Pettibone

as Mr. Pettibone

as Johnnie Mulligan

as Mrs. Mulligan

as Rev. Carruthers

as Rosalie Schultz

as Mack Gray

as Milkman

as Dr. Sheldrake

as Waitress

as Bartender

as 1st Showgirl

as 2nd Showgirl

as Barkeeper

as Nevada State Trooper

as Truck Driver

as Autograph Seeker

as Milkman
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

Wilder, usually a director of considerable flair and inventiveness -- has not been able this time out to rise above a basically vulgar, as well as creatively delinquent, screenplay...

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Top Critic

Characteristically cynical, clever and brash, it's helped out enormously by the performances of Martin, Farr and (particularly) Novak...

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I recommend Kiss Me, Stupid to the skeptical with no reservations whatsoever.

Full Review… | June 25, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Kiss Me, Stupid is unlikely to inspire a Broadway musical, top an AFI poll, or birth a hundred-dollar coffee-table book, but it could burnish Wilder's posthumous reputation.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Both Martin and Novak are at their near best, and the undertone of small-town desperation in Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's script is effectively captured by Walston and his sidekick, Cliff Osmond.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In any event, this has to rank as Wilder's most corrosive and despairing portrait of America.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

Laughs and nostalgia intertwine beautifully in Wilder's explorations of American values and culture. Prostitution, pimping and wife swapping are decorously wrapped in a sweet and cunning manner. The viennese genius never ceases to amaze me.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Coarse, leeing and jejune this borderline idiotic enterprise is unbelievably the joint effort of the usually sterling team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond who were WAY off their game here. Cast of fine actors are directed to make fools of themselves with Ray Walston's character being particularly infantile. A notorious flop in it's day whatever Wilder, a master of dark satire, is trying to portray or lampoon in this vulgar mess is hard to ascertain. A miss.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A funny flick from Wilder, but it's not one of his best, the story is pretty average. It's pretty good, and sometimes pretty funny, but it could be better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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