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Some Like It Hot (1959)

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100

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks

May 22, 2001

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Lemmon digs out most of the laughs in the script. As for Marilyn, she's been trimmer, slimmer and sexier in earlier pictures.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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The Great American Comedy (if you discount the Marx Brothers).

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Pictures like this, with a sense of humor that is as broad as it can be sophisticated, come along only infrequently.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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In many ways, the ultimate Billy Wilder film -- replete with breathless pacing, transvestite humor, and unflinching cynicism.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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One of Wilder's funniest satires.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Some Like It Hot does cool off considerably now and again, but Mr. Wilder and his carefree clowns keep it crackling and funny most of the time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Here is one of those movies that persists beyond the implications of a mere time frame, resonating with audiences like a very fine wine.

January 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Re-viewing Some Like It Hot is invariably a rewarding experience, not because it is a great comedy but because it is a great movie.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The preeminent comedy of anima...effervescent and breezily paced, from the car-chase opening to the big finish capped with one of the all-time-great punchlines. [Blu-ray]

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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One of the wildest romantic farces ever.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film's final line is legendary, though I have a soft spot for Jerry's description of a sashaying Sugar: "Look at that! Look how she moves! That's just like Jell-O on springs!"

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

This is a flawlessly scripted, superbly performed and endlessly witty comedy that deserves its place among the all-time greats.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

It is, like Ms. Monroe, a beautiful thing.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Contains a marvelous, ertoically explosive Monroe performance.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's a smart farce that has a high-energy pace, sparked by stunning performances by the stars.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The laughs never get old.

October 5, 2006
ColeSmithey.com

Wilder gave his audience credit for being as smart as he was, and, boy, they don't make 'em like that anymore, but they oughtta.

July 23, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
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Nobody's Perfect, says Joe E. Brown after proposing to Jack Lemmon, but Billy Wilder came close with his racy, witty, much ahead of its time comedy about cross-dressing, impotence, and gender bender, with Lemmon, Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in top form.

July 15, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
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Only top ranked episodes of the Jerry Springer show provide more laughs and surprises from two con men made up to look like women.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Arguably the best American comedy.

October 29, 2004 | Comment (1)
DVDTalk.com

Both Billy Wilder's high-heeled boys are a delight in the classic gender-bending romp.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Audience Reviews for Some Like It Hot

This raucous comedic farce from Billy Wilder is often considered to be one of the best and funniest comedies ever made...and you know what? The reputation isn't wrong.

Joe and Jerry are two Chicago jazz musicians who, after witnessing a gangland murder, are forced to go on the run. Obtaining some costumes, they board a train for Florida with an all girl jazz band as its newest and more homely members "Josephine" and 'Daphne".

Besides the obvious problems with having to keep up their ruse in general, things really get complicated (and hilarious) when Josephine falls for fellow band member Sugar Kane, and an aging playboy falls for Daphne. Also, the mob happens to find their way to Florida as well...

Everyone talks about how funny this film is, and yeah, I expected to laugh, but I also figured this film would be kinda overrated as well. Much to my surprise and delight, this film had me in stitches through almost all of the runtime, and I didn't think it was overrated at all. This really is a sharp, witty, and breezy comedy masterpiece. It set the standard for all future cross dressing related comedies, and has yet to be topped.

Tony Curtis is great as Joe/Josephine and Jack Lemmon is tremendously awesome as Jerry/Daphne. George Raft is fun as the mob boss who wants them dead, and Marilyn Monroe is a delightful knockout as Sugar Kane. As the man who falls for Daphne, Joe E. Brown is an absolute scream.

The film does go for some obvious targets with some of the jokes, but they are deftly handled, and feel quite relevant and fresh. Yeah, there is the obvious need for suspension of disbelief, but that only adds to the fun.

With a strong start that just keeps building and building, this truly is one of the all-time greats that you really must see if you haven't already done so.
October 15, 2013
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Some Like It Hot is highlighted by a wit that is surprisingly prescient of modern times. The script mines gender humor with a sophisticated modernity that still seems remarkably fresh even today. The satire is composed of well worn targets, but they're handled in such a lighthearted way, it entertains through the commentary. Granted this farce is more apt to cause mild giggles than outright guffaws. I wouldn't call it the funniest comedy ever made, but the plot developments are so captivating, it's easy to see why this film ranks amongst the finest of the period.

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September 15, 2013
hobster1

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Love Marilyn Monroe - the sexy, the innocent, the Silver Screen star, the controversial pop icon. Her performances of "Runnin' Wild," "I Wanna Be Loved By You," and "I'm Through With Love" are cheeky, seductive, and wistful, respectively. She overacts badly a bit during the yacht seduction sequence, and the gangster chase drags (heh) on a bit only to end with a much too easy resolution, but still, they just don't make 'em like this anymore.
August 21, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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Review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 8/15
July 27, 2013
spielberg00

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    1. Sweet Sue: Didn't you girls say you went to a conservatory?
    2. Jerry/Daphne: Yes. For a whole year.
    3. Sweet Sue: I thought you said three years.
    4. Joe/Josephine: We got time off, for good behavior.
    – Submitted by G Thomas B (47 days ago)
    1. Sweet Sue: Didn't you girls say you went to a conservatory?
    2. Jerry/Daphne: Yes. For a whole year.
    3. Sweet Sue: I thought you said three years.
    4. Jerry/Daphne: We got time off for good behavior.
    – Submitted by G Thomas B (12 months ago)
    1. Osgood E. Fielding III: Well, nobody's perfect.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
    1. Osgood E. Fielding III: Well, nobody's perfect.
    – Submitted by P M (18 months ago)
    1. Joe/Josephine: Its not how long you wait, it's who you're waiting for.
    – Submitted by Lauren H (22 months ago)
    1. Sig Poliakoff: You got to be under twenty five.
    2. Jerry/Daphne: We could pass for that.
    3. Sig Poliakoff: You got to be blonde.
    4. Jerry/Daphne: We could dye our hair.
    5. Sig Poliakoff: And you got to be girls.
    6. Jerry/Daphne: We could-
    7. Joe/Josephine: No we couldn't!
    – Submitted by Laurence M (2 years ago)
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