Director: Billy Wilder
Original Release: 1959
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In desperate need of work - and even more desperate need to leave Chicago after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Jerry (Jack Lemmon) and Joe (Tony Curtis) join an all-female band on its way to a gig in Florida. Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), the band's singer and ukelele player, draws predictable interest from both gentlemen, though their need to maintain their secret female identities prevents them from pursuing her directly. As with all Wilder movies, the witty dialogue distracts one from whatever holes might exist in the plot, like how did the two gents manage to find women's clothing on short notice and no money?
In 2000, the American Film Institute named Some Like It Hot the greatest American comedy movie in history. Interestingly, their #2 film on the list, Tootsie, is also about a struggling artist resorting to drag to get a job.
I am a child of the '80s. So obviously, I've had this song going through my head all week in anticipation of the movie:
How many music videos feature a woman shaving her armpits?