Some Like It Hot is a wacky, clever, farcical comedy that starts off like a firecracker and keeps on throwing off lively sparks until the very end.
The story revolves around the classic theme of men masquerading as women. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and escape into the anonymity of a girl band by dressing up as female musicians. This leads to obvious complications, particularly since Curtis meets Marilyn Monroe (a ukelele player, vocalist and gin addict) and falls for her. Lemmon, in turn, is propositioned by an addle-brained millionaire (Joe E. Brown).
Marilyn has never looked better. Her performance as Sugar, the fuzzy blonde who likes saxophone players and ‘men who wear glasses,’ has a deliciously naïve quality. It’s a tossup whether Curtis beats out Lemmon or vice versa; both are excellent. But, in the final accounting, this is still a director’s picture and the Wilder touch is indelible. The action is funny, and the dialogue is there to match it and surpass it.
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