This one is just plain funny—deviously, dextrously, remorselesly so. Two guys (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) dolled up as girls, and Marilyn Monroe between them. Say no more! But I will, because Some Like It Hot is also plenty smart in its twisting of gender stereotypes (Lemmon gets more romantic action in a dress than he did in pants) and the possibility that a wolf (Curtis, donning thick glasses and a Cary Grant accent) could find true love the hard way. Curtis shares three of the great screen kisses with Monroe, who is magnif, whether cascading out of her flapper gowns or lending her adorable tremolo to cutesy tunes (“I Wanna Be Loved by You”) and suicidal torch songs (“I’m Thru With Love”). And yes, it’s still funny, from first gag to the priceless last one. It’s also one of the rare comedies that is enriched rather than exhausted at the end of a breathless two hours. Nobody’s perfect, but this film is.
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