Some Like It Hot

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1959
  • Running Time: 121 minutes

Common Sense Media says

One of the wildest romantic farces ever.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1959
  • Running Time: 121 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Enlightenment was definitely not a priority for the filmmakers, but the movie does affirm that true love has the edge over marrying for money.

Positive role models

Despite all the lying, leering, and scheming, deep down the protagonists are lovable, loyal, and good-hearted. The gangland murderers are stereotypically Italian with names like "Colombo" and "Mozzarella."

 

Violence

Two multiple murders occur. The first is a replica of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre, in which assassins line up seven men and spray them with machine guns; the bullets hit their mark off-camera. In the second machine-gun slaughter, one man shoots several others; the bloody aftermath and dead bodies are clearly visible. There are chase scenes played more for comedy than suspense.

 

Sex

Sexual themes are a source of humor throughout. Lecherous males constantly react to and track women. Seduction is a prime motivator. Lots of sexual innuendo and suggestive talk. There is a thinly veiled reference to an erection and a very obvious preoccupation with Marilyn Monroe's curves. While there's no nudity, clothing is revealing and very purposefully sexy. Repeated passionate kissing is as far as the movie takes actual sexual behavior.

 

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Consumerism

Shell Oil is mentioned as part of a recurring gag; Joe impersonates a rich man and lets Sugar believe he owns the oil company.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Set during Prohibition, there's lots of drinking -- flasks, illegal saloons, silly covers for alcohol consumption. Some minor characters exhibit drunken behavior and one leading female player admits to having a problem with alcohol -- she drinks "when she's sad." Occasional smoking of cigarettes and cigars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in this classic black-and-white comedy, everything is played for laughs -- from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, in which gangland hoodlums execute seven other thugs with machine guns, to the broad gender-bending humor that finds the two male heroes masquerading as female musicians for most of the film.  Marilyn Monroe as Sugar is at her most voluptuous; clothes are revealing; leering at women is a primary male activity; and attempts at seduction move the plot along. But the only sexual activity is some passionate kissing. There's lots of drinking and smoking; Sugar knows she has a problem with alcohol.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day massacre of a group of bootleggers by Spats Columbo (George Raft) and his mob. Desperate to get out of town, they accept a job with a band on its way to Florida -- an all-girl band -- and they dress as women, calling themselves "Josephine" and "Daphne." When they get to Florida, Joe adopts yet another disguise, this time as a wealthy bachelor, and attempts to woo the band's lead singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Meanwhile, Osgood (Joe E. Brown), an actual wealthy bachelor, is interested in "Daphne." Meanwhile, Spats and his gang arrive at the hotel for a conference with other gang leaders, which results in even more bloodshed. Can Joe get the girl and get away from Spats?

Is it any good?

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SOME LIKE IT HOT 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, 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the characters change from their experiences. How does Joe change, and what makes him change? What does he learn from being dressed as a woman? How do Joe and Jerry react differently to dressing as women? How does Sugar behave differently with "Junior" and "Josephine"?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 29, 1959
DVD release date:May 22, 2001
Cast:Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis
Director:Billy Wilder
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Run time:121 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byasecoolish February 1, 2011
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i love this movie great for family's hilarious
Kid, 10 years old February 12, 2010
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perfect for 10 year olds or older

this movie was tereffic! I loved when the gangsters start to fight and when the girl is unhappy they had sugar drinks.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
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