Pros: Well at least we have the comfort that few things change.
Cons: Jack Lemmon seems to have always played JUST THIS ROLE, hasn't he?
Well now I?m sure of it, Jack Lemmon has been typecasted? he?s been in buddy comedies with cheap gimmicks such as cross dressing, age, and dance hosts on cruise ships for about half a century now, and it seems that it never was funny. And, if he makes movies for the rest of his years, he probably still won?t be funny. Give up, man. Know when you?ve been licked.
Some Like it Hot, perhaps the movie that spawned his typecasting, is the story of two prohibition-era jazz musicians who, on the run from the mob, high tail it into the nearest all-female dance crew they can find. Of course, they are men, and of course, we end up watching a comedy that may have dropped jaws when it first came out, but clenches them in critical rage when viewed today.
For two hours this drags (no pun intended) on, making us endure the same caliber of idiotic puns that we see in such pictures as Grumpy Old Men and Out to Sea, with Tony Curtis as a sit-in for the late Walter Matthau and Marilyn Monroe as the whatever woman in any Jack Lemmon vehicle.
How this movie came to be on the AFI?s Top 100 comedies (despite the AFIs selection roster, which included more Washington than Academy politicos) is beyond me. Some Like it Hot is tired, trite, and unimaginably dull? and this is coming from someone who likes old movies.
I?m not going to recommend that you visit another entry in the ofttimes trying subgenre of cross dressing comedies. I?m not even going to say to avoid Some Like it Hot at almost all costs (although you probably should)? I?m just going to recommend that you see something in theatres. It?s January: month for terrible movies, and I can guarantee almost all of them will be better than this.