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291 Ratings

Kiss Me, Stupid

Directed by Billy Wilder
United States, 1964
Comedy, Romance


Jealous piano teacher Orville Spooner sends his beautiful wife, Zelda, away for the night while he tries to sell a song to famous nightclub singer Dino, who is stranded in town.

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Kiss Me, Stupid Directed by Billy Wilder
A cold-eyed humorist with a misanthropic streak, Billy Wilder may be the opposite of a warmhearted humanist like Jean Renoir, but even Wilder’s acrid worldliness can encompass a fondness for human foibles.“Kiss Me, Stupid,” widely reviled on its 1964 release, is a case in point… A sendup of rat-pack ring-a-ding-ding smarminess, “Kiss Me, Stupid” is almost ridiculously smutty.
March 20, 2015
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As it stands, the Legion of Decency’s official denunciation of it as toxic smut was an unfortunate assessment. The film’s surface provocations, its musty scent of sex, point not to offensive gender politics, but to a clear-eyed condemnation of reckless male bravado and jealousy, topped off with a final stinger that now goes toe-to-toe with Eyes Wide Shut in arguing for extramarital adventures as a perverse, indirect route to marriage therapy.
February 20, 2015
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Kiss Me, Stupid is remarkable for pushing zaniness to the point where it becomes upsetting… If the film is far from conventionally satisfying, there is a certain exhilaration to how insistently it zips along on currents of nastiness.
May 06, 2013
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