Parents' Guide to

Some Like It Hot

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

One of the wildest romantic farces ever.

Movie NR 1959 121 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+


This is my favorite movie of all time. It is funny, clever, light, and very enjoyable. Not only is it well made, but also very well written. There are some things parents should know forever. First off the film was made in 1959, so its certainly no American Pie. But, there is some violence (old school gangster violence, machine guns etc.), some sexual content (partial nudity, brief sex, implications of boners and sex), and a fair amount of drinking and smoking. Also, the main characters are sort of bums who squander money and use women, which may not be a very good message.
age 14+

For an older adult familiar with movies and mores of the time, this is brimming with jokes. If you blink you’ll miss three. Younger watchers will miss few. Also the violence might be a bit much. It plays heavily with sexual mores—it’s supposed to be funny because Curtis and Lemmon are cads and the situations they are in. At no point does the movie indicate this is good behavior, so it’s hard to take it all too seriously. Teens might squirm a bit watching with their parents. If you can, you may want to FF to yacht scene when Curtis claims girls claims girls “leave him cold.”

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (20 ):

This is one of the wildest farces ever filmed, but it has a lot of heart as well, with brilliant performances by all three stars. Monroe is heartbreakingly vulnerable as Sugar in Some Like It Hot, explaining that she always gets "the fuzzy end of the lollypop." Joe must become someone else in order to learn the truth about Sugar (who would never have confided in a man) and about himself (as he sees the consequences of his exploitive behavior and feels what it is like to have men try to force their attentions on him). Jerry, hilariously, turns out to be as suggestible as a woman as he was as a man. As himself, he ends up going along with whatever Joe tells him. In women's clothes, he starts to think of himself as a woman. The scene where he tells Joe he and Osgood are engaged is a classic.

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