Kiss Me, Stupid
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Dean Martin stars in this once-controversial comedy as Dino, a Las Vegas crooner, alcoholic, and celebrity playboy. Dino requires women like oxygen -- a companionless night leaves him with a headache. Ray Walston is Orville, a provincial piano teacher, aspiring songwriter, and jealous husband. Orville violently obsesses over his wife Zelda's (Felicia Farr) fidelity -- any man she encounters becomes his sworn enemy. When a chance detour brings Dino to Orville's hometown of Climax, NV, it is the perfect opportunity for the piano teacher and his songwriting partner, Barney (Cliff Osmond),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Wilder, usually a director of considerable flair and inventiveness -- has not been able this time out to rise above a basically vulgar, as well as creatively delinquent, screenplay..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Kiss Me, Stupid is unlikely to inspire a Broadway musical, top an AFI poll, or birth a hundred-dollar coffee-table book, but it could burnish Wilder's posthumous reputation."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Being a HUGE Wilder fan, I can honestly say that this was a HUGE disappointment. I'd rather watch this than say, BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2, but I expected something much better from a director as talented as Wilder."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Early production problems show, still fun Wilder"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Undeniably lewd, Kiss Me, Stupid exemplifies the go-go Rat Pack sexual sensibilities that fed the American appetite in the dawn of the sexual revolution."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Characteristically cynical, clever and brash, it's helped out enormously by the performances of Martin, Farr and (particularly) Novak..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There was the sharp contrast of surface-banter and concentration on detail; of unpredictable laughter, brushed off by disciplined professionalism."
‑ Murray Schumach, New York Times
"Sprinkling in bad jokes and Rat Pack references, Dean Martin's comic timing and delivery is impeccable -- as he parodies and deconstructs his image as a notorious lover and drunk."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What separates 'Stupid' from so many of the so-called 'sex comedies' of the period is its combination of cynicism and directness. Beneath the teasing and the titillation there are some genuinely provocative themes..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Stunningly subversive, even for Wilder."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"I recommend Kiss Me, Stupid to the skeptical with no reservations whatsoever."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Both Martin and Novak are at their near best, and the undertone of small-town desperation in Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's script is effectively captured by Walston and his sidekick, Cliff Osmond."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Whatever ambitions this romantic comedy might have had, they were never realized."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Novak is surprisingly affecting as the whore who is determined to make something of herself."
‑ , Film4
"It just doesn't get very good until halfway through, in large part because the usually excellent Walston is miscast."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
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