Kiss Me, Stupid
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

This delightfully vulgar sex farce about infidelity and mistaken identity features Dean Martin as "Dino," an alcoholic playboy musician who falls for the charming wife of an aspiring songwriter.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 22, 1964
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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...

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Though Kiss Me, Stupid has the structure and comic beats of a classic bedroom farce, it's an overwhelmingly cynical assessment of male jealousy and exploitation.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Characteristically cynical, clever and brash, it's helped out enormously by the performances of Martin, Farr and (particularly) Novak...

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Murray Schumach
New York Times

There was the sharp contrast of surface-banter and concentration on detail; of unpredictable laughter, brushed off by disciplined professionalism.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I recommend Kiss Me, Stupid to the skeptical with no reservations whatsoever.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Laughs and nostalgia intertwine beautifully in Wilder's explorations of American values and culture. Prostitution, pimping and wife swapping are decorously… More
Byron Brubaker
The plot description as it is currently written is correct to say the plot is contorted. Kim Novak is totally seductive with her low smoky voice and cleavage… More
jay nixon
Coarse, leeing and jejune this borderline idiotic enterprise is unbelievably the joint effort of the usually sterling team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
The script starts brilliantly but screws it up around the corner, Kim Novak can't act and Ray Walston should not sing... Really! Then why this movie still… More
Aj V
A funny flick from Wilder, but it's not one of his best, the story is pretty average. It's pretty good, and sometimes pretty funny, but it could be… More