Directed By: Stanley Kramer
Written By: William and Tania Rose
This is one of the greatest slapstick comedies of all time. It is perfectly and utterly timeless with a comedic quality that will continue to be funny forever. It’s a wild story that has been repeated and recreated time after time at this point but in 1963 it was an original and it’s still funny today. This movie sports a cast of many famous people that you’d be hard pressed to find someone knowledgeable of today. It’s a very old movie and although it has many greats in it most of them don’t have the iconic status of the few from the era that are still widely remembered today. I.E. Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and the like. Name recognition hardly matters when people are talented though and the cast of forgotten greats in this one can still bring it and have you rolling on the floor in laughter.
For whatever reason I just can’t get rolling with a review for this movie. All I can think to say it to tell you how funny it is and that it is worth your time. It’s been a movie I have enjoyed since I was really young and watched it at the encouragement of my mother. She was born the year the movie was released and has always said she was named after the film’s number one star Spencer Tracy. For the record my mother’s name it Tracie, not Spencer. I hadn’t seen the movie for the longest time and came across on television about a year ago. When I couldn’t stop laughing I decided I needed to own the movie for our collection and quickly got onto Amazon to do so.
There is another tangent I would like to go into for this movie. About fifteen years ago give or take I actually met Buddy Hackett in a local Pet’s Mart. I happened to be at the store with my mother who recognized him on the spot and we spoke to him for a minute. I had written something on my arm at school that day and he took my arm to examine what it was thinking it was an actual tattoo. I don’t remember what he said but he had made a joke about it. We had a nice little back and forth with him before he went on his way and we continued to shop why I tried to figure out who the guy was. He was a really nice man and a really funny guy in this movie as well as others. I hate to admit this given I actually met him once but despite that and his role in this film I always associate him with a joke Chris Farley once made in Tommy Boy. In the scene after Farley catches David Spade spying the skinny dipping woman Farley asks Spade if he remembers that funny comedian, what was his name? Buddy Wackit? Still think that one is funny today even though it came at the expense of that kindly man I met one day in the store.
All I can say in closing is WATCH THIS MOVIE! Is it worth your time? Without a doubt. It’s a timeless comedy that will have people laughing for all time. I feel I haven’t justified this movie in this review but you will just have to see it for yourself. If you have seen it then by all means leave a comment and let us know what you think about it. If you haven’t seen it then keep an eye out because it will be on TV sooner or later.
The first time I ever watched this movie, I was in high school and I was in film critique class. I had originally signed up for the class because I knew Ryan loved movies, and I thought it would impress him. But, I fell in love with most of the movies we watched in that class and I think I too fell in love with movies, not only because of Ryan but that class too.
This movie is hilarious. I laugh every time. If you haven’t seen it, you really need to. It is truly a classic comedy.
I LOVE this poster. I had never seen this before! It came out in 1963. What a GREAT poster. The minimalism quality that was so prevalent back then is beautifully done here. This just looks like a complete vintage beauty. I am truly impressed. I love the colors, the typography. This is one of my favorites, and I would really like to own a copy.
NEXT MOVIE: The Jacket (2005)