Sure, if you look really close there are a few little things wrong with Some Like it Hot, but if you take it as a simple piece of entertainment, it’s pretty damn perfect. It ticks all of the boxes – endearing female lead, comedy value, catchy soundtrack and a genuine storyline. I don’t know how Marilyn Monroe movies gained a reputation that means contemporary audiences are quick to dismiss them, but Some Like it Hot is right up there in my list of favourites. Just don’t ask me to rank them!
Monroe stars as Sugar Cane, a singer and ukelele player who is on the road with a female band, trying to steer clear of her string of dodgy relationships, whilst also on the lookout for a nice rich man to rescue her. Her partners in crime are Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as Joe and Jerry, a saxophone and bass player who don wigs and gowns to disguise themselves as Josephine and Daphne, after witnessing a mob hit. When Joe then dons a further disguise (as a Cary Grant wannabe) to try and get into Sugar’s pants, and Jerry (as Daphne) attracts the attention of a rich older man, everything becomes rather complicated indeed.
90% of the film is pure screwball comedy, but when Joe’s rich alter ego breaks Sugar’s heart and Monroe croons I’m Through With Love, it’s easy to feel her pain.
It’s also equally easy to fall in love with her when she purrs I Wanna Be Loved By You – major girl crush alert!
The heart of Some Like it Hot is just that – it’s heart. Despite falling for their significant others in the space of a couple of days (suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours here!) and discovering that they’re not who they thought they were, (poor and male, respectively), they make allowances because, after all:
FYI – one of the greatest closing lines in the history of cinema.
What say you, film fans? Do you have a special place in your heart for the classics? Got a soft spot for Marilyn Monroe? And what’s your favourite closing line from a film? Leave a comment and let me know!