Kiss Me, Stupid

1964

Kiss Me, Stupid

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71%

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Total Count: 24

66%

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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.

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Cast

Kim Novak
as Polly The Pistol
Ray Walston
as Orville
Cliff Osmond
as Barney Millsap
Barbara Pepper
as Big Bertha
Doro Merande
as Mrs. Pettibone
Howard McNear
as Mr. Pettibone
Tom Nolan
as Johnnie Mulligan
Alice Pearce
as Mrs. Mulligan
John Fiedler
as Rev. Carruthers
Arlen Stuart
as Rosalie Schultz
Cliff Norton
as Mack Gray
Skip Ward
as Milkman
Mel Blanc
as Dr. Sheldrake
Bobo Lewis
as Waitress
Bern Hoffman
as Bartender
Susan Wedell
as 1st Showgirl
Eileen O'Neill
as 2nd Showgirl
Bernd Hoffmann
as Barkeeper
Gene Darfler
as Nevada State Trooper
Henry Beckman
as Truck Driver
Kathy Garver
as Autograph Seeker
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

All Critics (24) | 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...

    Aug 15, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I recommend Kiss Me, Stupid to the skeptical with no reservations whatsoever.

    Jun 25, 2002 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    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.

    Jun 18, 2002
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • In any event, this has to rank as Wilder's most corrosive and despairing portrait of America.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

  • Dec 15, 2010
    The script starts brilliantly but screws it up around the corner, Kim Novak can't act and Ray Walston should not sing... Really! Then why this movie still feels like a classic? Billy Wilder can't fail: Dean Martin deconstructs his own image as "Dino" and Cliff Osmond proves to be quite the talent. The movie surprises you when you least expect it- I <3 billy !!!
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Apr 18, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2008
    The plot description as it is currently written is correct to say the plot is contorted. Kim Novak is totally seductive with her low smoky voice and cleavage exposing wardrobe. Her character Polly is supposed to have a cold so her voice is even more nasally and syrupy. Ray Walston's wife as played by Farr is also just as attrative. Walston plays Orville Spooner as an extremely jealous and paranoid piano teacher who has a Betthoven sweater, a Mozart sweater, and a Brahms sweater. He's another square character in a Billy Wilder movie of the swingin' sixties. Osmond works a gas station across the street from Walston's character and plays an amateur lyricist partner to Walston's composer. Dean Martin plays Dino, or himself, if not slightly more drunk and more of a womanizer than he may have been in real life. Dino passes through the little desert town of Climax and is stranded. The song writing duo want to take advantage of the opportunity to sell a song or two and set up a scheme to try and make Dino feel comfortable. Spooner gets his wife out of the house and hires Polly from a local Hooters type bar to pretend to be his wife so he doesn't feel guilty about offering her to Dino to sweeten the deal on buying a song. They have their fantasy marriage for a night and Spooner is such a gentleman he realizes he can't even let Dino have an affair with his fake wife. Spooner treats her honorably eventually, so she won't take payment and they feel like they really were husband and wife for this one night. Meanwhile Spooner's wife ends up drunk at the bar and is taken to sleep in Polly's trailer. Dino thinks all along that Polly was Spooner's wife and shows up at the bar later. He finds out from the bartender that Polly is what he's looking for and heads to the trailer where he thinks Spooner's real wife is Polly. Now there was an alternate scene on the DVD I saw, so maybe something happened in the trailer or maybe it didn't. Well, the writing and performances aren't of the best quality, but it seems everyone involved is having fun.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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