Some Like It Hot (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

Some Like It Hot (1959)



Critic Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.

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Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer.

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Marilyn Monroe
as Sugar Kane
Tony Curtis
as Joe/Josephine
Jack Lemmon
as Jerry/Daphne
George Raft
as Spats Columbo
Pat O'Brien
as Mulligan
Joe E. Brown
as Osgood E. Fielding III
Nehemiah Persoff
as Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee
as Sweet Sue
Billy Gray
as Sig Poliakoff
George E. Stone
as Toothpick Charlie
Dave Barry
as Beinstock
Mike Mazurki
as Spats' Henchman
Harry Wilson
as Spats' Henchman
Edward G. Robinson Jr.
as Johnny Paradise
Tom Kennedy
as Bouncer
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Critic Reviews for Some Like It Hot

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (9)

In terms of comic devices there is very little in the film that is original, but the use of the material is delightful.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The funniest comedy I've seen in years.

March 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

The Great American Comedy (if you discount the Marx Brothers).

September 30, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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…

In many ways, the ultimate Billy Wilder film -- replete with breathless pacing, transvestite humor, and unflinching cynicism.

August 15, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Some Like It Hot

When people talk about old school, this is one of the films that they're talking about: a romantic comedy that happens to be a social commentary that riffs off of a terrible bit of real life history, namely The St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. The romance? Eh. It's not a real winner, sure, and doesn't bear much scrutiny, but the players work overtime selling it, and so the deft writing is ably aided by some very charming personalities. One of the all time greats.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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