Writing as slick as Jack Lemmon's bowler hat this was breeze to watch. Lending your well located flat out because you want to climb the coperate ladder is a unique plot. Great standout moments with the Xmas overdose and the dialogue and gradual plot reveals are also sharp. Yes the male chauvinist theme did make me do a grumpy cat face but the ladies do a great job in matching the pace with their male counterparts.
So, I guess this is why Billy Wilder is considered to be the best screenwriter to ever grace Hollywood. Because, fuck me, this is such a monumental achievement from a writing perspective. How the story beats, characters and themes are layered and segmented, only to, all of a sudden, become syncopated in a seamless, almost ethereal manner, it's truly beyond me. And of course, the rest of the film is equally brilliant.
A sparkling, light romantic comedy that is also brutally sad and aching with pain. It's rare for a film to so brilliantly balance those tones but this does it wonderfully, showing two people too kind for their own good finding one another. I cried so much (the broken mirror), was furious (MacMurray as an archetypal misogynist) and swooned. I wanna play Gin Rummy with my partner.
If a good rule of writing is to give your characters interesting problems, you couldn't do a lot better than this! CC Baxter is a man climbing to the top of his company by letting his bosses use his apartment for their affairs, whilst simultaneously learning to assert himself as a man in his own right. Jack Lemmon is absolutely brilliant. What an actor!
A masterpiece of tone: addressing some profoundly dark themes in a manner of true respect, neither dismissive nor disparaging, allowing them time to breathe and ultimately, release. The film’s humor belies our personal and social dysfunction, revealing both our wounds and the powers that inflict them. The end result is life-affirming catharsis.