Madison Avenue’s Rock Hunter (Tony Randall) sounds very VIP on paper, but in truth this Mad Man is an agreeably nebbish anti-alpha who’s out of ideas and about to lose the all-important Stay-Put Lipstick account.
Enter Rita Marlowe (Jayne Mansfield), an oh-so-kissable Hollywood starlet who’s currently scheming ways to make her unfaithful he-man boyfriend feel insanely jealous. Cue the meet-cute. Radically rewriting George Axelrod’s original play—a blue-humored Broadway sex comedy that mercilessly skewered Hollywood’s Hays Code—writer-director Frank Tashlin tones down the sex, turns up the Technicolor and trains the satire on television, tabloid journalism and screaming teenage fan culture. The result is a riot of primary hues, cartoonish caricatures, surprise cameos, pop-culture references, and direct-to-camera dialogues with the audience. Dismissed in its day (“Not always in the best of taste,” tsk-tsk’ed New York Times reviewer Bosley Crowther), Tashlin’s proto-PoMo aesthetic was a major influence on the French New Wave and vintage-60s Godard in particular.
Director: Frank Tashlin. 93 min. 1957. 35mm.
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