Some Like It Hot is a 1959 film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. In the film, two musicians (Curtis & Lemmon) witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago. In order to escape the city and being run down by the mob, the two dress up as women to join a female band on their way to Florida for a performance. In all honesty, I tend to have a hard time with older movies (a product of my times, I guess). However, this movies didn’t feel like an old movie as I was watching it. It was funny and entertaining, and it made me think a lot about how the times have changed… and how they haven’t.
One thing I thought was great about this film was the cross-dressing. For us to live in such a conservative society when it comes to matters of sexuality, cross-dressing seems to have been a part of our culture for quite some time. It was funny to see the two men in the film try to convince themselves to think and act like girls and then, later in the film, try to remember that they have to be men again. Their take on femininity and their realization of how women really act was quite amusing.
One factor in films that I noticed has changed in the last 60 years is the leading lady. Marilyn Monroe is still the icon of femininity, beauty, and sex in our culture even after all this time. But seeing her after being used to seeing the leading women of today was quite a shock. Films today put so much pressure on women to be straight and skinny. Marilyn Monroe was neither of these things. She had full curves and her middle was pretty wide. And yet, she was still beautiful. I can’t help but wonder why we have so greatly changed our perception of what women should look like.
Overall, I enjoyed watching this film. Even if you’re not one for older films, Some Like It Hot deserves your attention. It’s full of comedy, action, romance, music, lies, deception, murder, bad guys, and everything else you could think to fit into a single movie.