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Kiss Me, Stupid
Kiss Me Stupid
Actors: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond
Director: Billy Wilder
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2003     2hr 5min

Dean Martin is full of charm wit and snappy one-liners in this "sly irreverent brash and daring comedy" (The Film Daily) from the legendary team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond (Some Like It Hot The Apartment)!When the ...  more »


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Actors: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond
Director: Billy Wilder
Creators: Joseph LaShelle, Billy Wilder, Doane Harrison, I.A.L. Diamond, Anna Bonacci
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies, Billy Wilder, Love & Romance
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Black and White,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/15/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1964
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Black and White,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

One heck of a hilarious comedy movie
MoonLitTree | USA | 08/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie may raise some eyebrows but one must admit its one heck of a hilarious comedy. Very funny script and surprising still funny and not outdated after all these years.
Simply loved it for its superb humor!"
One of my favorite Wilder pictures!
The Raven | Herndon, VA | 07/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do yourself a favor and ignore the negative reviews. This movie is hilarious. Kim Novak is a living doll in her role as 'Polly the Pistol' and Dean Martin's self-parody is worth the price of admission!"
A perverse little comedy
Trevor Willsmer | 08/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sex runs rampant throughout Billy Wilder's films. One can only wonder what they would have been like if he had continued past the sexual revolution of the late sixties. As it is, this little set piece of the swinging sixties shows a tolerance, if not sanction, of the stray, recreational encounter, while celebrating the bond of devotion. Dean Martin and Kim Novak are dead on as the swinging idol and the experienced escort, but the centerpiece of the movie is a loving couple. Ray Walston has been criticized as being too serious and energetic as the jealous husband, a part originally created for Peter Sellers just before a heart attack forced the casting change. Sellers would have added the right comic touch to keep the early jealousy scenes from getting uncomfortably realistic. But this character requires Walston's strong emotional depth to make his sudden love and protection of an imposter wife hired for the id-driven singer believable. Plus, Walston's broadway musical background doesn't hurt when he ends up singing the unfamiliar Gershwin tunes he has supposedly written and is trying to sell to the lusting Dino.Felicia Farr has the pivotal role of the beautiful wife with a healthy enough spirit to tolerate and correct her husband's foibles, and find a way to support him by indulging in some recreational fulfilment. She is the embodiment of early sixties sophistication. Good, not great. Better than any sex comedy you are likely to encounter any time soon."
A rare misfire for Wilder, but not an uninteresting one
Trevor Willsmer | London, England | 02/09/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Kiss Me, Stupid is an interesting misfire, but despite a promising and outrageous setup - Ray Walston's would be songwriter tries to keep Dean Martin's promiscuous crooner in the small town he breaks down in long enough to buy his songs by using his wife as bait: but, being insanely jealous, he hires Kim Novack to pretend to be his wife only to still find himself becoming jealous - it never really delivers the laughs. Walston, replacing Peter Sellers after he dropped out because of a heart attack, is too broad and Novak's Marilyn-with-a-cold impression too artificial, while Dean Martin's gleeful self-parody as a drunken lecherous and very superficial crooner called Dino sometimes seems a little too sidelined. Only Cliff Osmond really comes up with the goods with a performance that's often as theatrical as the patently phoney soundstage sets. Some nice moments, but this time Wilder and Diamond seem too enamoured of the censor-baiting premise to make it really work.