Rating: 4 out of 5
And while I don’t always feel like a full-fledged adult–given that I ate pizza for breakfast today and am still on my family’s cell phone plan–I also don’t think that milking my metabolism and rollover minutes is the end of the world.
I mean, it’s days like my birthday where I’m actually proud of myself. I’ve got a Master’s degree and a great job, with enough money to save, invest, and pay my crazy expensive rent and student loan.
I’ve also got a loving family and fantastic friends who threw me an Old Hollywood-themed birthday party! We made martinis and margaritas, stuffed ourselves with Chinese food, and played fun games.
We also watched Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” (1959). This film is set in 1929 and stars Marilyn Monroe as Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk, a young woman in a female band called “Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators,” which is headed to Miami.
Actors Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play Joe and Jerry respectively, two Chicago musicians on the run after they accidentally witness the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. To escape the mob, they dress up as Josephine and Daphne and board the Syncopators’ train.
Of course, with Monroe being the blonde bombshell that she is, both men compete for her affections–which is difficult and hilarious while they’re dressed as women. I won’t give anything away, but it’s definitely a fun flick to watch with your girlfriends.
I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with “Some Like It Hot.” I’ve never been one to glorify Monroe, but I had read and seen ”My Week with Marilyn.” I’ve also decided to watch more classic films, but have been mostly disappointed so far. I guess I’ll just to have to accept that I don’t understand what all the fuss is about over Audrey Hepburn. So while I may not want my breakfast at Tiffany’s, “Some Like It Hot” was full of crazy antics and funny one-liners.
And if you’re wondering why a book blogger is writing a review of this film, then check out my last post where I reviewed “Nerds Like It Hot” by Vicki Lewis Thompson. In the book, Thompson alters the plot: Instead of the male leads running from the Mafia, it’s the female protagonist with the hit on her. And to further her disguise, she puts on a blonde wig and dresses up as Marilyn herself.
On its own, “Nerds Like It Hot” wasn’t the best read from Thompson, but I appreciated this movie even more because it was fun to compare the two stories. This was the first film I watched of Marilyn, not just about her, and I’m glad that I did. I’d love to hear what you think of the actress–and would appreciate more classic movie recommendations to add to my list!
Lastly, thanks to everyone who’s been following this blog. It’s been a blast being Book Club Babe, and I hope to continue doing so for many more birthdays!