Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Maybe "nobody's perfect," as one character in this masterpiece suggests. But some movies are perfect, and Some Like It Hot is one of them. In Chicago, during the Prohibition era, two skirt-chasing musicians, Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), inadvertently witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. In order to escape the wrath of gangland chief Spats Colombo (George Raft), the boys, in drag, join an all-woman band headed for Florida. They vie for the attention of the lead singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), a much-disappointed songbird who warbles "I'm Through with Love" but remains vulnerable to yet another unreliable saxophone player. (When Curtis courts her without his dress, he adopts the voice of Cary Grant--a spot-on impersonation.) The script by director Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is beautifully measured; everything works, like a flawless clock. Aspiring screenwriters would be well advised to throw away the how-to books and simply study this film. The bulk of the slapstick is handled by an unhinged Lemmon and the razor-sharp Joe E. Brown, who plays a horny retiree smitten by Jerry's feminine charms. For all the gags, the film is also wonderfully romantic, as Wilder indulges in just the right amounts of moonlight and the lilting melody of "Park Avenue Fantasy." Some Like It Hot is so delightfully fizzy, it's hard to believe the shooting of the film was a headache, with an unhappy Monroe on her worst behavior. The results, however, are sublime. --Robert Horton

Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: United Artists
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.3
Metacritic:
97
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
NR (Not Rated)
Year:
1959
120
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Jerry:
Have I got things to tell you!

Joe:
What happened?

Jerry:
I'm engaged.

Joe:
Congratulations. Who's the lucky girl?

Jerry:
I am!

Joe:
WHAT?!

Jerry:
Osgood proposed to me! We're planning a June wedding.

Joe:
What are you talking about? You can't marry Osgood.

Jerry:
Why, you think he's too old for me?

Joe:
Jerry, you can't be serious.

Jerry:
Why not? He keeps marrying girls all the time.

Joe:
But, you're not a girl! You're a guy, and, why would a guy wanna marry a guy?

Jerry:
For security! Look, I know there's a problem, Joe.

Joe:
I'll say there is.

Jerry:
His mother - we need her approval, but I'm not worried because I don't smoke.

Joe:
Jerry. There's another problem, like what are you gonna do on your honeymoon?

Jerry:
We've been discussing that. He wants to go to the Riviera but I'm kinda leaning toward Niagra Falls.

Joe:
My God.

Jerry:
I don't expect it to last Joe. I'll tell him when the time's right.

Joe:
Like when?

Jerry:
Like right after the ceremony. Then we get a quick annulment, he makes a nice little settlement on me and I keep getting those alimony checks every month.

Joe:
Jerry listen to me there are laws, conventions. It's just not been done.

Jerry:
Joe this may be my last chance to marry a millionaire.

Joe:
Oh, Jerry — Jerry, will you take my advice? Forget about the whole thing, will ya? Just keep telling yourself: you're a boy, you're a boy.

Jerry:
I'm a boy.

Joe:
That's the boy.

Jerry:
I'm a boy. I'm a boy. I wish I were dead. I'm a boy. Boy, oh boy, am I a boy. Now, what am I gonna do about my engagement present?

Joe:
What engagement present?

Jerry:
Osgood gave me a bracelet.

Joe:
[examining it] Hey, these are real diamonds!

Jerry:
Of course they're real! What do you think? My fiance is a bum?


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