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Thank you, Billy Wilder
- el debbo
This is a touching and wonderful movie. People criticize Kim Novak here, but she played Polly right...raw, vulnerable, with not-too-many life skills. See her with Frederic March in "Middle of the Night"...she can act. Anyhow, I love the way this movie opens, showing us America as it was...a Vegas show without a million things going on at once, just singing and joking and statuesque women stepping, gliding in the background. Then the town of Climax...LOVE! Sandy streets, sunburned cars, people watching the color TV at night outside the hardware store. The story itself was sweet, funny, poignant...and I'm glad Sellers wasn't in it. Dino, Orville and Barney are perfect. Like reviewer Pam, my favorite scene is between Polly and Zelda in the trailer...no judgement. They rose above. The petitioning church-goers and Zelda's mother (good ole Doro Merande) made righteous noise, but Polly, Zelda, and Orville blocked that out. Beautiful.
Wilder is a genius!
- Arvella Spease
Great script, ensemble acting and directing!
response to previous reviewer
- kevin sellers
I agree with previous reviewer, Pam, that "Kiss Me Stupid" is more sweet/sad than it is vulgar/immoral and that, of the five main characters, Polly is the saddest because she is the one person in the film who does not get what she wants. Perhaps if Kim Novak had the ability to actually act, and if Wilder/Diamond had provided her with a credible persona, instead of the caricature of the ditzy blonde floozie her sadness would have been more affecting. And the same goes, in varying degrees, for the rest of the cast. Still, I appreciate Pam's pointing out that this film has been misunderstood, thanks to the Great American Sex Hangup that was just starting to get un hung (pardon the prurient imagery) as this film was being shown.
Love this movie, darkly witty and ingenious
I love this movie. At its heart is a love story. At least one, two really. Every time I see it, it seems more ingenious. Some of my favorite scenes are the moment when Orville for the first time sees Polly as a vulnerable human being. One love story is Polly's, and it's with the domestic life she sees in the modest little home, a life she wishes she had. She even becomes protective of it. Also, the songs and song titles are really funny, the ones you don't get to hear sung - what would their lyrics have been! And "Dr Sheldrake" the dentist - great little in-joke. One of my absolute favorite scenes is between Polly and Zelda in Polly's trailer. There's no recrimination, they speak to each other as adults. The whole thing could have been just another yee-haw snickering wife swap comedy. But it's not that at all, it's darkly witty. Many ingenious plot twists and laugh out loud moments. And in the end there's even a happy ending - Polly has the money to leave, Dino sings their song to acclaim, with Zelda telling her semi-clueless husband to just "kiss me, stupid." Interesting how the debate about this movie still rages on all these years later.
kiss me stupid
- kevin sellers
By today's standards, it's a generic sex comedy that, had it been made even ten years later, would not have drawn much attention, let alone the ire of the Catholic Legion Of Decency. Indeed, what "Kiss Me Stupid" offends against is not decency, but rather humor. It's just not very funny. Nor are the characters all that interesting. Wilder and Diamond really fell down on the job (and typewriter) here. As for the acting, Dean Martin and Felicia Farr are decent playing, respectively, a tawdry version of himself and a sensual, broad minded housewife. The other three leads, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, and Cliff Osmond are all studies in various degrees of over the topness, and of the three, Novak, with her bad Marilyn Monroe imitation (which I'm sure Wilder suggested she try) is especially painful to watch. Give it a C.
something not quite right.....
a strange and unpleasant sense of vulgarity pervades this film from start to finish.....not in a stylish or hip way but just in an unseemly and naggingly distasteful way....all the major players are trying much too hard to make something out of a terrible script and the direction is equally awful. Kim Novaks' nadir. avoid.
Scraping the bottom of Wilder's great career
- Tammy T
I remember the scandal this movie was when it first came out. How times have changed. It's hard to reconcile this school boy dirt joke with the sophisticated Wilder movies of the previous decades. The movie tries so hard to shock and seem hip but only ends looking dated and silly.It's a shame that Ray Walston seems to take the brunt of the blame, because of the imagined great performance that Peter Sellers would have given. I think he does a yeoman's job with a ridiculous part. The failure of this movie begins and ends with the screenplay and direction.
Kim Novak and Billy Wilder
- David Atkins
Billy Wilder who is my bet for the greatest Film Director of all time with a brilliant body of work: Sunset Blvd,Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Double Indemnity and little seen gem Fedora had a brilliant track record and Kiss Me Stupid was eagerly anticipated. Wilder was known to cast his pictures well with stars such as James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Jean Arthur, Humphrey Bogart, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon and most notably Marilyn Monroe selected Dean Martin, Peter Sellars and Kim Novak a trio of fine actors to top line Kiss Me Stupid. This film was jinxed with the illness of Sellars who left the film and gave the Director a back handed slam by blaming Wilder and his open sets as a reason of his illness. Ray Walston was brought in to replace Sellars after Bob Hope, and Danny Kaye passed on the part ( Jack Lemmon was working elsewhere). The film had to be re started and scenes re shot. Wilder ran afoul of the Censors and the film got an Condemned rating. ( Today it is rated PG!)Kim Novak who had a great run at Columbia and left that studio as #1 Box Office star in the world excelled as an actress and gives a touching and wonderful performance as Polly The Pistol. Wilder ever blunt named Kim Novak and Audrey Hepburn as his two favorite female stars.I recommend this movie to see a brilliant performance by Kim Novak.
Love This Movie! A Must See!
- Samantha Quill
I absolutely love this movie. At first I didn't think it would be good, but there is just so much going on scene after scene that it is just a great movie! There really is no boring parts. I love the way the movie is constructed and I just love Dean Martin. Only being 17, this movie is a great classic!
One Kiss of a Good Movie
- Paul Conrad Jackson
For some reason I missed this movie when it was first released. What a loss. It is a zany, zany comedy and I would give it five stars. Kim Novak looks as cuddly and as seductive as ever, and Dean Martin is as smooth as ever. It is just a great, great frolic. I'm so glad TCM -my favourite TV channel - screened it. Now I'll buy it on DVD.
THIS MOVIES IS BEST FORGOTTEN!
I saw this movie many years ago and was surprised how good it was then. I watched it again last night and was glad it hasn't lost any of its charm. Heavy stuff for its time. Dean is great at making fun of himself. But Ray Walston and Kim Novak steal the show. What a great team!
I have been a fan of old movies for years but have never seen this movie until last night. Great fun to watch, especially the performances by Kim Novak and Ray Walston!
A great movie
- Habeeb Farooqui
By chance I saw this movie last night. I never heard about this wonderful movie bofore. Kim Novak and Dean Martin were great. Billy Wilder was at his best. I wonder any of the actors got any academy awards?.