#111: Some Like It Hot (1959)

When and how did I watch this?

August 15th, 2016, on Amazon Instant Video.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

The first time I saw it, I was dating my wife before we were married.  As you might expect, I was not paying attention. I remember something involving dressing in drag, and a couple of brutal mob shootouts. How many of these films involve the mob?

What do I know about it now?

Curtis and Lemmon play struggling musicians Joe and Jerry who find themselves in a bad situation after witnessing an execution put on by the mob. In their haste, the boys get a gig in a traveling women’s jazz band dressed up in drag. While the remainder of the comedy is spent with the two attempting to get at Monroe’s “Sugar Kane” in their new situation, the underlying peril remains: if they’re found out, the mob will eventually catch up to them.  Meanwhile, another character comes into play — the goofy Osgood begins to woo Joe/Daphne, promising riches in return for his/her hand in marriage. All of this comes to a head, as expected, and the guys fall into a stroke of fortune as the mob seemingly takes care of themselves. Overall, this is a fun film with risque elements for the time, featuring eye candy in Marilyn Monroe and numerous witticisms from Curtis and Lemmon. It all ends with a “whew” and a good laugh, as a film like this should.

What are some themes in the film?

There isn’t much depth here.  A modern interpretation might warrant transgenderism as a theme. Otherwise: truth/deception, romance, and prohibition

Did this affect me personally?

Sort of.  I got a lot of good belly laughs out of it.

Why is this ranked #111?

It’s a cult slapstick film featuring three legends of the screen. I’m not sure it warrants a high ranking, but there are certainly worse.

Did my wife watch/like it?

This is one of her favorite films.

Would I watch it again?

This is a repeat viewing type of movie.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes!  There are too many heavy handed films out there that try to wow you with effects and cheap humor.  This one is a lot of fun.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Great?  I’m not sure.  I certainly enjoyed it.  For reference, it’s comparable to Pirates of the Caribbean. I’m not convinced it belongs among legendary films, but it’s enough to be considered a classic that’s worth recognition.

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