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      How to Murder Your Wife

      1965 1h 58m Comedy List
      64% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 63% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Stanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) is a successful cartoonist and happily single. That is, until, he gets drunk at a friend's bachelor party and impulsively proposes to the beautiful woman who pops out of the cake (Virna Lisi). Once sober, he regrets the decision, but she won't agree to a divorce. Stanley jokingly vents his frustrations in his comic strip by having the main character kill his wife. But when his actual wife goes missing and Stanley is arrested for her murder, he has a change of heart. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      TIME Magazine A nimble comedy that doesn't make much sense because it makes nonsense, most of it screechingly funny and played by knockabouts who know that the slapstick was invented for keeping an idea aloft, not for beating it into the ground. May 9, 2011 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Finesse and desire aren't enough to overcome the fact that Axelrod's script doesn't make the most of its potentially antic situations. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Believable or not, this stuff is funny just so long as one can go with the sour joke- -and that depends upon one's tolerance of trivia and also, perhaps, upon whether one is a fellow or a girl. Rated: 3/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine In the screwball tradition, but the old shack has been redecorated with solid-mahogany furniture, plush drapes and wall-to-wall carpeting. Aug 13, 2019 Full Review TV Guide This dated comedy is saved by Lemmon's comedic genius which eschews macho. Rated: 3.5/4 May 9, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 11, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Dark and NEVER amusing. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/15/24 Full Review ed b This is a very funny and very clever film that would not be made today. Brilliant acting, brilliant plot and Jack Lemmon and Terry Thomas just gel perfectly. Show this one to your kids for a good clean funny movie with no drugs and no profanity. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review farah r It's hard to believe a film with such a premise that degrades women in every way was allowed to get made even back then. It's very offensive and unfunny. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely Hilarious!! Good-natured fun poked at the institution of marriage...but marriage wins the day. For those who can't handle its politically incorrect HUMOR, because finding it intolerably offensive; I'm sure there are many movies choices with mass killings, sadistic tortures and mutilations, sexual dubiety affirmations, and no feeling or heart...that you'll find more comforting and more in accord with modern values. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Ed M Likable, but lightweight. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/25/21 Full Review Audience Member A dark comedy where all the charm and wit the film cheekily exhibits early on is completely undermined by the problematic moralising, and justification for misogyny, in the courtroom finale. At one point in the film a doctor explains to our main character, Stanley, (played by Jack Lemmon) that a pill he intends to use to drug his wife with will make a person be "brrrrrrup, right up the wall, and then - Blaaap! - right down again." That perfectly encaptures the experience I had watching this movie unfold. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Stanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) is a successful cartoonist and happily single. That is, until, he gets drunk at a friend's bachelor party and impulsively proposes to the beautiful woman who pops out of the cake (Virna Lisi). Once sober, he regrets the decision, but she won't agree to a divorce. Stanley jokingly vents his frustrations in his comic strip by having the main character kill his wife. But when his actual wife goes missing and Stanley is arrested for her murder, he has a change of heart.
      Director
      Richard Quine
      Producer
      George Axelrod
      Screenwriter
      George Axelrod
      Production Co
      Murder Inc.
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 28, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 58m
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