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The Seven Year Itch
It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!
With his family away for their annual summer holiday, Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life. The beautiful but ditzy blonde from the apartment above catches his eye and they soon start spending time together - maybe a little too much time!
Notable for featuring one of 20th century's most iconic images, Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch is forever etched in the annals of cinema for that famous Marilyn Monroe's shot alone. And though by no means does it mean that it's not a good film because it's another fine feature from Wilder that teases with the idea of infidelity but it's certainly no match to his most acclaimed works.
The story of The Seven Year Itch concerns a so far faithful & overly imaginative middle-aged New Yorker who after sending his family off during the summer holidays tries to live a bachelor's life but finds himself tempted by his beautiful new neighbour. The title refers to the declining interest in monogamous…
Although The Seven Year Itch will never be considered one of Wilder's best pictures because of its natural silliness and also because it is one of the director's weakest scripts, it is still a wonderful slice of entertainment. Underneath the film's effective laughs, silly moments and even self-conscious jokes, you can find an effortlessly enjoyable sociological portrait of the American way of life of the period and even a study on human connections, marriage, loyalty and betrayal. Obviously the ‘more serious’ side of the film never really comes together because of the way the director approaches the subject in question with a very easy, but nonetheless funny humour. Yet the natural genius of Billy Wilder can be found in his…
Monroe's easy charisma and confidence make the somewhat unfortunate fact that her character is blase toward continual (and violent) advances somehow almost tolerable. it seems less oblivious, less silly, and somehow almost powerful for her to be above it, in part because she has a goal in this story that has nothing to do with romance or sex. She doesn't use sex to get what she wants, either, but merely exists as a force of sexuality around the obnoxious main character.
Her performance certainly worked, but everything else was just a bit tired and irritating. The fantasies of the lead male just felt uncomfortable as he pathetically tried to justify his neglect, infidelity, and sexism as victimhood. Sure, it's played for laughs, but that only makes it more uncomfortable. And as far as iconic moments go, the subway vent moment didn't really have the power it deserves after so much hype.
December count: 20/100
Richard Sherman: "Oh no, Not today".
The story to The Seven Year Itch is about a New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) ships his wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model (Marilyn Monroe) who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor -- but will his fantasies about her become a reality?
I couple of days ago it just came to me that I haven't seen any movies starring the icon herself Marilyn Monroe. I mean wow how can I go through life without seeing the most ionic actress of…
Performances : 6.5/10
Story : 7.8/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.1/10
Marilyn Monroe was a horrible, horrible actress but god she was beautiful. That's what makes this film work. Through all the hijinx I couldn't help but find myself jealous of Tom Ewell's character. I mean, let's be real here, this has to be one of the more misogynistic movies made, and saying this today probably makes me come off like a bit of an asshole. But seriously, dude had the life.
In typical Billy Wilder fashion there are plenty of laughs and plenty of great moments. In particular I loved the scene where Richard Sherman sarcastically declares that "Marilyn Monroe is in my kitchen" only to be scoffed…
Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch," a jazzy love song about the goofily lusty near-middle-aged man, is a colorful and frothy mid-century treat. Starring Marilyn Monroe in full, iconic glory, the comedy examines, with a wink and a smile, those things that threaten marriage or inadvertently make it stronger. It is a blushingly gleeful piece of work.
Wilder tells the story Tom Ewell's Richard Sherman, a lovable schlub who is left to his own devices when his wife and child are away for the summer. Richard runs headlong into his upstairs neighbor, played by Marilyn Monroe, and is rocked by the temptations she provides. It is all innocuous fun as the neighbor becomes the subject of both fantasy and an…
Tom Ewell is no Jack Lemmon
A man with an active imagination sends his wife and kid off on vacation for the summer and starts a teasing, awkward relationship with the beautiful blonde bombshell upstairs. "The Seven Year Itch" is definitely weaker Wilder. It doesn't have the consistency most Wilder comedies have as the jokes that stick are sparse. It's a very, very '50s film as well. Incredibly mismatched romantic duo? Check. CinemaScope for no good reason? Check. Based on a play from a few years earlier? Check. The list goes on.
I've never actually seen a film with Marilyn Monroe where she was the best thing about it, but "The Seven Year Itch" breaks that streak. Monroe's comic timing is impeccable. One critic I follow…
"What blonde in the kitchen?"
"Wouldn't you like to know! Maybe it's Marilyn Monroe!"
Easily the best line in the film ^^^
I can't say I really enjoyed The Seven Year Itch, it was my least favourite of the 5 Marilyn films I have watched for my 5 actresses x 5 unseen movies challenge.
Marilyn was still super sweet, I felt totally ripped off that I didn't even get to see that iconic scene that she is so famous for, but maybe that had something to do with censorship, seems a bit lame anyway.
I wasn't all that fond of the plot and Tom was a bit of a germ, disguised as a sweet guy.
Disappointed is the best word I can come up with.
"What blonde in the kitchen?!?"
"Maybe it's Marilyn Monroe!"
Tom Ewell ain't Jack Lemmon. And Jack Lemmon's just about the only guy who could pull off a character who verbalizes internal neurotic thought processes and naked exposition so interminably.
Woah, I did not like this.
I get it. It's Billy Wilder, it's Marilyn's skirt blowing up. It also has the most grating lead performance imaginable. Not even Mariyln Monroe, who I referred to in a recent review as one of the most watchable people ever, could save this for me.
I find Tom Ewell's performance completely intolerable, and while I understand that the character is supposed to be at least slightly repugnant it just goes too far for me. I can't recall the last time I had such a bad time watching a character and probably 70% of this movie is just him hamming it up, wandering around a stagnant apartment talking to himself.
Also, the whole concept of the story is like a garbage lined city street during a sanitation workers strike. It stinks!
Oh, no. This was bad. The lines were funny but came out very annoying. Having the main character say out loud every stupid thing really wasn't doing it for me. Miss Monroe deserved better than this script.
I'd never seen this film so I decided to finally see it. Well, it's a pretty fucked up weird little thing I'd say, if one actually thinks about what lurks beneath its mid 50s bubblegum bright surface. Yikes!
After his wife and son go away for a summer vacation, a man finds himself living next door to a beautiful blonde bombshell who looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe. This is one of the films that made Marilyn Monroe iconic. This is the one featuring the scene where she stands over a grate and the air blows her skirt up. This film is surprisingly a bit more racier than that. I guess filmmakers have grown clever enough to skirt through the Hays Code. The result is a rather funny though a bit kind of slight and breezy even for a sex comedy. Tom Ewell is excellent as the hapless, horny married man trying to fight temptation. You can also see why Marilyn Monroe is such an appealing movie star in this.
Much like How To Marry a Millionaire, Monroe is pretty much the one redeeming quality in this movie. There are interesting elements, but they are mostly overshadowed by a disjointed script that can't seem to settle on a tone and a failure to use the "fantasy sequence" concept to its full potential. Still, I feel much could have been forgiven had the roll of Sherman been recast. The script as written seems to consider him as a hapless, but likeable, schlub. Unfortunatly, Ewell comes across as more smarmy and sleazy than aloof which ruins many (all?) of the setups for me.
I like to think there's an alternate universe where Jack Lemmon was cast as Sherman and Wilder spent a little more time on the script, and this movie was more than just one iconic scene.
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