The Seven Year Itch
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Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many women he'd foresworn upon getting married (in one of the fantasies, Ewell and Marguerite Chapman parody the beach rendezvous in From Here to Eternity). He is jolted back to reality when he meets his new neighbor--luscious model Marilyn Monroe. Inviting Monroe to dinner, Ewell intends to sweep her off her feet and into the boudoir. Things don't quite… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Despite the script's cleverness, the presence of Tom Ewell, who is a first rate comedian and Oscar Homolka, who has long been a first rate actor, the entire film continually misses fire and fizzles out, like defective fireworks."
‑ Delmore Schwartz, The New Republic
"Monroe flaunts her attributes too blatantly, and seems less human because of it, while George Axelrod's play, fresh and risqué in the '50s, now appears a little obvious and over-plotted."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Marilyn Monroe comedy is cute but won't interest most kids."
‑ Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
"Very dated and not consistently funny but famous for the iconic Marilyn air-vent shot and a close to the under-wire smuttiness."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This is probably Monroe's best known film, largely thanks to the scene in which a rush of air from a subway grating sends her skirt flying up around her shoulders."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What counts is that laughs come thick and fast, that the general entertainment is light and gay."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"So arresting is Monroe's presence that when she's not on-screen, we wait impatiently, wondering, Where have you gone, Mrs. DiMaggio?"
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Monroe takes over the movie the minute she appears onscreen, wearing impossible outfits and telling the most ridiculous stories with the lightest touch."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"One of Marilyn Monroe's indispensable films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ruined by too much interference from insiders and outsiders."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although it was directed by Billy Wilder, this 1955 CinemaScope classic sometimes seems presided over by Frank Tashlin, with its satire of 50s puritanism and its use of wimpy Tom Ewell."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Miss Monroe clearly plays the title role."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Though not one of Billy Wilder's good films, this sex farce is symptomatic of the mores of the 1950s, offering Marilyn a part that's variation of her "dumb" blondes."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Possibly Marilyn Monroe's finest film. What further recommendation do you need?"
‑ , Film4
"Marilyn Monroe is a temptress in this delightful comedy."
‑ Diana Saenger, About.com
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