Let's Make Love Reviews

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½ July 28, 2010
This has got to be my least favorite movie starring Marilyn Monroe, mainly because it is a waste of talent. The idea is interesting to a degree, but when your lead character doesn't have charisma and Marilyn is only used as a mannequin it becomes frustrating. I would say that with a better male lead, this might have been amazing, but what's left is a mixed bag. The only real bonus to the movie is seeing Marilyn Monroe in underwear for the majority of her screen time whilst singing about sex.
April 22, 2012
Marilyn Monroe is underused in this piece and has another lead actor lacking charm. Much like the film "Seven Year Itch" the main character is a creepy guy that questions why viewers should want to watch this story play out. The premise is a good one but the delivery is really bad. Major celebrities make cameo appearances to hold the viewers attention and distract them how bad this film is playing out. It is a failed romance comedy that is worth seeing for the cast involved.
December 18, 2011
Marilyn at her very best, showing off her acting, singing, and dancing talent. Such a joy to watch. If you haven't seen this one, treat yourself and check it out on Netflix Instant.
May 22, 2010
A fun mid-Century romantic/comedic musical primarily designed to well-showcase classic Marilyn Monroe. Twenty minutes in, when she's clad in a form-fitting sky-blue cardigan and barely-black dance-tights, singing (and hip-swinging) a juicy, flirty rendition of "My Heart Belongs To Daddy," there's no doubt who owns this vehicle. In terms of camping-up and showing-off Marilyn's stereotype stage persona, it doesn't get better than this.

The framing book's thin/simple enough: A suave, wealthy industrialist (Yves Montand) checks out the lousy off-off-Broadway show that's satirizing him, ending up mistakenly hired to act the part of himself, a convenient position from which to ogle/pursue aspiring actress Monroe. Will she love him thinking he's poor - or are diamonds still this girl's best friend?

Norma Jean's not the only viewer fun found in the film. Montand discovers he's badly in need of professional help wooing his gal, leading to humorous/entertaining mentorship bits with Milton Berle, Bing Crosby and Gene Kelly. There's brief send-ups of Elvis, Ol' Blue Eyes and Van Cliburn - did they dare turn down cameos? And there's a generous sprinkling of other classic 50s/60s-styled chuckles throughout.

The plot facilitates several entertaining dance production numbers, a then-jazzy-swingin' score and some enjoyable VanHeusen/Cahn songs to top it off. When Montand delivers the title tune, it's part toe-tapper, part Renzo Cesana. And Marilyn, unbelievably, makes sexy a song about Adam Smith's division-of-labor concept.

Montand (in a role almost mis-cast with Gregory Peck) delivers solid, from serious to sad to smitten to smirks. Tony Randall's in his well-worn shotgun seat, but he's given no ammunition. Viewers will well wonder why Marilyn's excellent dance/song partner Frankie Vaughan found no other film career but this.

RECOMMENDATION: Essential Marilyn, IMHO, and a pretty good place to start your affair with her as well.
July 14, 2008
It is hard to write a real review of this movie. We all know too much. Marilyn, aging so nicely was a little old for this part. Then again, probably so was Yves Montand (but then again he is a man, so no, maybe not). Plot, a billionaire finds out that a play will be put on and he is to be made fun of. The PR man (Randall, and definitely NOT his best work) encourages him to see a part of the rehearsal just to hear what is being said the rest is history as one glance at Amanda (Monroe) and he will do anything to get her. Marilyn is somewhat out of shape in the film but she is so beautiful. The best shots of her were the ending of the movie while in the elevator. You just cannot manufacture true beauty. Plastic surgeons have tried though.
August 8, 2006
Cute, but not a great story, and I would never believe that Marilyn had gotten over Tony to fall in love with that french guy. I thought that the french guy might have changed, but then I didn't, but then he did... making the romance confusing and unbelievable. Love the music and seeing Marilyn on screen though. Altogether, worth a view, but not repeatedly (unless you are just watching the musical numbers).
October 27, 2014
This isn't the travesty it's often made out to be--I've often heard it's Marilyn's worst film. But it's an enjoyable romp that, even though there's practically zero chemistry between the two stars, when Marilyn's either just by herself or with Frankie Vaughan the screen simply sizzles.
June 8, 2014
Not a success for all involved - but mainly Cuckor and Monroe. The movie is slow paced, sloppy, and at times just plain uninteresting. Monroe botches her way through musical numbers, and this being the end of her career, you can see the spiraling down. It appears as if neither Cuckor nor Monroe had any interest in the film.
March 13, 2014
It ambles around a bit and is basically a corny romance, but it's Marilyn Monroe in one of her final movies.
½ May 14, 2013
I liked it!
And what a bunch of co-stars...
April 23, 2013
Though the gags are great, the film just doesn't flow that well - in spite of a highly talented cast & crew.
½ March 27, 2013
Hard to not like anything with Marilyn. She is sex.
December 18, 2012
Amazing !!! Amazing !! Amazing !!!
½ September 28, 2012
One of Marilyn's last films. It's definitely not the best... but she still gives a great performance.
July 8, 2012
The only thing we learn out of it is, that a rich man can hire and influence a lot of people to get what he wants in the end. Even Marilyn wasn't allowed to shine in this overlength film. 3 stars just because of her.
May 13, 2012
Definitely my favorite Marilyn Monroe role for all the things the film allows her to do! It's true that protagonist Yves Montand falls kind of short in making an impact in this film, but I didn't have much of a problem with this as he's put up against the likes of Monroe, Tony Randall, and Milton Berle. As bad as it sounds, it was a bit refreshing to refer back to that character that didn't have so much personality as all the other ones did.

The story is a case of mistaken identity, and an effort on Montand's part to get Monroe to fall in love with him without giving away who he really is. The main source of entertainment comes from the aforementioned personalities of the movie, Monroe who is a struggling actress, Randall who is a talented, but still struggling actor, and Berle, who plays himself in this one teaching Montand comedy.

Performances are good all around, as said before, Montand is a bit dull in his role, but his relationship with Berle in the film is fairly entertaining, while Monroe and Randall give off a very natural chemistry. Montand and Monroe is pretty awkward through most of the film, though since this very idea is what the film is based on, maybe it's not such a bad thing.

Overall a must-see for Monroe fans!
½ March 10, 2012
Marilynn Monroe is fantastic in this movie. It is one of her best. The overall movie is very cute and it is also entertaining and funny.
½ January 27, 2012
What can I say? I'm a sucker for anything Marilyn Monroe. While she has much better performances (and better films), this film has many hilarious moments and definitely worth checking out!
½ November 12, 2011
Not a great film. Monroe is absolutely gorgeous in the movie but Yves Montand is not a very likable protagonist. This over-long movie's highlight (outside of Marilyn Monroe, of course) is a the cameo from Milton Berle.
May 8, 2011
Monroe is fun to watch-
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