Rent Kiss Me Stupid (1964)

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1h 59min
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Dean Martin is full of charm, wit and snappy one-liners in this sly, irreverent, brash and daring comedy from the legendary team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond . When world-renowned singer "Dino" (Martin in a hilarious self-parody) passes through Climax, Nevada, he doesn't count on meeting two would-be songwriters with a plan to trap him there and serenade him with their songs. But then again, they weren't counting on Dino's insatiable appetite...for wine and women! And when one of the men learns that his own wife was once president of Dino's fan club, he hires a replacement wife (Kim Novak) to help lure the carousing star into a song-buying mood!
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Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Classics, Comedy
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119 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
B & W
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Bitter Comedy. - Kiss Me Stupid review by Steve

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Really odd sex comedy, which rips up fifties Hollywood censorship. Dean Martin plays 'Dino', basically his own image. The film starts with him telling booze jokes on a stage in Las Vegas. He intends to drive to LA to do his tv show, but gets sidetracked by a small town schmuck who wants to sell him songs.

It was generous of Martin to play such a cynical version of his playboy persona. The songwriter (Ray Walston) knows Dino is going to sleep with his wife (Felicia Farr) so he swaps her for hooker/waitress Kim Novak to help grease the sale of his Italian ballads. Peter Sellers was originally cast as the musician and it's hard not to wonder what might have been (he had a heart attack).

The problem is, given the possibilities of the post-censorship era, Billy Wilder doesn't do anything interesting with the freedom. The married couple can have casual sex, but it's hard to care. There are a few laughs, but there isn't the moral complexity which gave his comedies depth and feeling. And without this, his cynicism is often cruel.

Kim Novak miraculously gives her 2D tart-with-a-heart archetype a little pathos. It's a handsome looking B&W film with an interesting setting; the encroaching Pottersville of postwar America. Novak lives in a proto-trailer park. The cocktail bar on the edge of town offers customers the girls as well as hard liquor. The social history is absorbing, but too much else misfires.

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