Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)



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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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Kim Novak
as Polly The Pistol
Ray Walston
as Orville
Cliff Osmond
as Barney Millsap
Barbara Pepper
as Big Bertha
Doro Merande
as Mrs. Pettibone
Howard McNear
as Mr. Pettibone
Tom Nolan
as Johnnie Mulligan
Alice Pearce
as Mrs. Mulligan
John Fiedler
as Rev. Carruthers
Arlen Stuart
as Rosalie Schultz
Cliff Norton
as Mack Gray
Skip Ward
as Milkman
Mel Blanc
as Dr. Sheldrake
Bobo Lewis
as Waitress
Bern Hoffman
as Bartender
Susan Wedell
as 1st Showgirl
Eileen O'Neill
as 2nd Showgirl
Bernd Hoffmann
as Barkeeper
Gene Darfler
as Nevada State Trooper
Henry Beckman
as Truck Driver
Kathy Garver
as Autograph Seeker
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

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...

August 15, 2007 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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

June 25, 2002

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.

June 18, 2002

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

In any event, this has to rank as Wilder's most corrosive and despairing portrait of America.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

Laughs and nostalgia intertwine beautifully in Wilder's explorations of American values and culture. Prostitution, pimping and wife swapping are decorously wrapped in a sweet and cunning manner. The viennese genius never ceases to amaze me.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


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 who were WAY off their game here. Cast of fine actors are directed to make fools of themselves with Ray Walston's character being particularly infantile. A notorious flop in it's day whatever Wilder, a master of dark satire, is trying to portray or lampoon in this vulgar mess is hard to ascertain. A miss.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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 better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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