Eliot is using Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists with friends. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer, Binge Guide: 5 Things to Watch If You Love. | Rating: 4/4 Join here. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. All Critics (10) |, October 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/5. The Ladies Man 1961 ★★★★★ Watched Aug 10 , 2019 jack’s review published on Letterboxd: The Ladies Man, without a doubt a true masterpiece. the movie moves from property destruction to reflection on the filmmaking process itself, at times even giving you a full view of the set the film is being shot on, as though it is a set for the documentary being shot in the mansion, even though it is a set itself! Not is using Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists with friends. While looking for a job, he comes across an impressive mansion (built as a … It's all there - the deft undercutting of Lewis's masculinity (in question to everyone but himself) in how the door he's holding shut is easily and slowly opened by Mrs Wellenmellen, how the job interview plays out more like a therapy session (complete with sobbing), or Lewis/Herbert literally being fed like a baby by Kathleen Freeman - it even looks like baby food. Lewis proved that intelligent work can be done in unexpected formats. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. Isiah Medina recently had a wonderful observation regarding The Ladies Man - that via the state of care work and having the male in the position of servitude, we can observe that work itself is what produces gender divisions. Cinemark Herbert's temper-tantrum is one of the highlights of the film, as he's reduced to a baby in a highchair being spoon-fed by Katie; Jerry's not oblivious to his personality and here, he plays with it in a self-deprecating way. ... Howard Thompson, in a review for The New York Times wrote: "Now, in all fairness to a frankly light-headed vehicle that dies on its feet, Mr. Lewis' latest gets off to a fresh and really funny beginning." It's only Patrica Stanley's Fay who speaks on his behalf, and as she notes that he's no longer being treated as a human being but as a slave, one realizes one of Lewis's key ideas: economy is the key and role-reversals won't change a thing - the question of work is solely an economic question, whether you like it or not. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. | Rating: 4/4 This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. It’s nowhere near the audacious remembrance Phoebe Cates spoke in Gremlins (a classic moment of holiday grotesquerie that vitiated all modern sanctimony). Learning to enjoy Lewis at his best is useful–in fact, necessary–when dealing with Eight Crazy Nights, Friday After Next and Jackass, recent comedies that unexpectedly show Lewis’ impish influence–although none of these movies matches Lewis’ elaborate visual slapstick (he’s the closest an American has come to Jacques Tati’s surreal social vision). Masculinity is something portrayed in Cinema and it's only been recently (meaning the past 25 years or so) that the ideas of masculinity have slowly been breaking down the stereotypical molds society has set for them and yet, in 1961, Jerry's doing that and no one even bat an eye! | Top Critics (1) A bizarre, sexually ambiguous, cantankerously skeptical burlesque on the ascent of feminine independence. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. © Letterboxd Limited. It comes through his graphic, outsized and funny visual audacity (like his character’s single-man dilemma being replicated in a tv crew’s apparatus). The Ladies Man (1961) › Customer reviews; Customer reviews. | Rating: 3/5, February 12, 2004 Herbert's interactions with the two men in the house are telling of how Jerry views himself as different from the mold: he's a thin man, who hops and jumps around and screams constantly, while the other two are bulky and tough, who eagerly await for their respective dates. Don't have an account? That enormous three-story set with the fourth wall shaved away so all the action can be followed is an impressive set indeed. State houses and churches seem to be permanently closed." Both mean and funny ("The worst has happened, I’m covered in human feces"), these caricatures allow Sandler to assert punch-drunk self-love–on the b-ball court Davey’s stylized physique is tall and strapping, something between Allen Iverson and Jules Munshin. All reviewers. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. The Ladies Man is arguably the single most creative film ever produced in Hollywood up to that point, and although this doesn't share the bold declaration in the opening of The Bellboy that this is not a narrative film (cleverly disguised by comedy) but even so, while there's barely any more story here than that earlier film, it's also 10x more inventive, and also considerably more incisive, building on that prior films theme of service labour, while incorporating endlessly reversible gender dynamics, and depicting the basic infantilism of traditional masculinity. 10, Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". jack is using Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists with friends. Coming Soon, Regal In service to the boarding house, Hollywood and the institution of romance, Lewis’ bold color and striking, self-conscious perspectives comment on men’s indoctrination regarding the opposite sex. 21, But in Eight Crazy Nights the shopping mall is the open, well-lit community space taking the place of statehouses and churches/synagogues. Most of this virtually plotless film is set in the astonishing three-story set with open walls and winding staircases and Lewis' camera glides freely up and down, in and out all the rooms. A bizarre, sexually ambiguous, cantankerously skeptical burlesque on the ascent of feminine independence. There are two things really going for this movie: 1) The set is totally awesome; it’s a mansion stylized as a life-size dollhouse (click on the movie’s Letterboxd link to see more). Eight Crazy Nights has promise. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. And it's not just Lewis's persona, but every character in the film is a caricature - you perhaps can't get away with that today, but it allows each character to serve a specific formal/structural purpose in a study of individual neurosis. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. The rubber-legged, rubber-faced Lewis plays Herbert, a man who is despondent over the break-up of his romance. The Ladies Man climaxes with an historic scene: a cross-section view of a girls’ boarding house where Lewis (as Herbert Heebert) works as a handyman. But the most genuinely provocative thing in The Ladies Man happens in its closing moments: everyone is used to Lewis/Herbert's servitude - "Whoever decided to make him feel needed every time he wanted to leave oughta get a medal! Aug All Critics (10) Coming Soon, Regal and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. | Rating: B Cinemark Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. The Ladies Man (1961) "Just think, tomorrow my childhood sweetheart will become my aging wife!" Jerry has nothing to hide (the lack of walls are obvious, but important) and fueled by his (noted) narcissistic ways and plays himself the fool; Herbert bumbles around, literally touching everything and it just falls apart in shambles. All rights reserved. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.