Some Like It Hot

Synopsis: The Heat Is On!

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star in Some Like It Hot, hailed by the American Film Institute as the funniest American movie of all time. When two Chicago musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, they trade in their union suits for flapper frocks and hightail it down to Florida as the newest members of an all-girl jazz band. Zowie!

Some Like It Hot 7.5

Claimed by many as the best comedy ever made, frankly, I’ve always found it rather over-rated. I mean, it’s not even my favourite Billy Wilder film (‘The Apartment’ beats this soundly), best comedic performance by Jack Lemmon (‘The Odd Couple’ is one of many that tops this, and, he’s done better dramatically) or most notable performance by Marilyn Monroe (‘The Seven Year Itch’ provided her with much more to work with).

Still, it’s a decent enough film, and it’s remarkable for all the gay and lesbian subtext, considering that it was made in the late ’50s. I think that the closing sequence says it all, in that respect, because, while it was meant to be funny, it also suggested an acceptance you wouldn’t find for decades to come (both on screen and in society at large). So it was decidedly ahead of its time from that perspective.

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