Irma la Douce (1963) - Comedy, Romance

Hohum Score

23

Watchable

In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine
Length: 147 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 6 out of 64 found boring (9.37%)

One-line Reviews (32)

The fact that this movie is based on a musical is fascinating.

Everything is a little too Big Hollywood, plus the high farce second half of the movie is too far-fetched to create a truly compelling entertainment, and for every well-staged bit of physical comedy there is another bit that that comes of as forced.

For a Billy Wilder film, it seems very slow.

The film is an unfunny, tedious drag.

It's a story about romance, jealousy, unpredictable circumstances, and, a little sex.

As a whole the film just isn't remarkable enough to reach the level of "Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment", and it suffers from being needlessly drawn out.

The performance of both main protagonists is brilliant and the movie is quite enjoyable.

The script is well-written and the film is entertaining.

But it is an entertaining flick and there are some good moments.

Because this film moves slowly and lacks snappy dialog delivery, it seems more contrived than comical.

Movies were heavily censored and even the media was under intense scrutiny for what topics matters it discussed.

Even the fight seemed tedious.

his performance is highly enjoyable and he utters some of the funniest lines in the film.

"Irma" is only worth watching only if you are fan of Lemmon, Maclaine, Billy Wilder movies, or old movies in general.

Then he gets into a bar fight with her louse of a pimp (and damn is that a hilarious/entertaining fight, among those you never forget from the movies, serious, it's as good in its way as anything in, I don't know, Road House).

I just saw this film for the 2nd time this week, on FLIX, and after it was over I had to jump on here to see if anyone else in the world thinks this is great, great entertaining comic-drama.

the movie has a long duration but because of being enjoyable,you can't feel the time.

Nonetheless, there is a contrived air to everything that makes it impossible to suspend disbelief and immerse oneself in the drama.

As for MacLaine, in a part previously meant for Marilyn Monroe, she's pleasantly at ease and injects her own touch to the cliché of the sweet prostitute with green stockings.

Billy Wilder's shark-jumping screwball romp set in le quartier rouge of Paris, couples for the second time the riveting pair from THE APARTMENT (1960), Lemmon plays a goofball cop Nestor Patou, only soon to be discharged from his duty by dint of his impetuous intervention of the local sex industry, and becomes a pimp of the numero uno streetwalker, our titular Irma la douce (MacLaine).

WAY Too Long .

Yet, as it tells such a different story, which develops in a rather unexpected light, it did work out for me -at least more than this disastrous other mixture of pepper and sugar, The Emperor's Waltz.

It's stunning Parisian melody, written by Marguerite Monnot and arranged for film by Andre Previn, won the Oscar for best music and remains one of the finest musical scores ever.

It's a pace-less, pointless, plot less, plodding...

Even the ending seemed slow.

Irma's tear-jerking, phony stories, while the main credits still roll, could have been cut with no harm , and the same goes for the general slowness in the development, with too many too long sequences.

'However, this film goes on way too long.

And besides the performances, which were delicious slices of Mac Laine's "innocent baby-faced girl-next-door" Lemmon's "clumsy-struggling-everyman" periods, what I loved the most about the film, was its remarkable recreation of the post-War postcard-like Paris, where prostitution is only part of that entertaining soul dedicated to tourists, tired workers and businessmen, the sleepless Paris and its 'petites femmes'.

Although "Irma la Douce" can't quite compare to Wilder's greatest works, it's nonetheless an entertaining lightweight piece with ravishing photography, delightful performances, gorgeous set design, and a top-notch musical score.

It's obviously not as good as Mr. Wilder's other works, being too slow and lacking in laughs.

Flat, long, slow, heavy, laborious.

Entertaining lightweight piece.