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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

1957
Romance
Comedy
1h 33m
In this spoof of the TV advertising industry, Rockwell Hunter is the low man on the totem pole at the advertising company where he works. That is, until he finds the perfect spokes model for Stay-Put lipstick, the famous actress with the oh-so-kissable lips, Rita Marlowe. Unfortunately, in exchange, Rock has to act publicly as Rita's "Loverdoll", and Rock's fiancée Jenny isn't too happy about it either. (imdb)
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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

1957
Romance
Comedy
1h 33m
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Avg Percentile 66.24% from 211 total ratings

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Rated 07 Mar 2010
76
85th
Still-relevant satire of advertising and consumerism from Frank Tashlin makes virtuous use of the wide-screen and manages to sneak in plenty of dirty double-entendres. Also, the answer to the title's question is "no."
Rated 05 Sep 2010
87
87th
I'm a bit biased in favour of this kind of comedy, where the jokes often come from unexpected places and the layers of self reference and innuendo build as it progresses. It felt a little off it's game at times but for the most part it was quite funny, if never hilarious, and pretty sharply written.
Rated 30 Oct 2008
75
57th
Probably seemed a lot sharper and more witty at the time of its release than it is apt to now. Amongst a bevy of good performances, Blondell's was particularly fun. "An Academy Award winner who had me polishing his Oscar"...wow.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
88
96th
While there are perfectionists in cinema, it would appear that the director of this piece, Frank Tashlin, is definitely not one of them: this is a miasma of subplots disappearing and reappearing erratically, bizarre metajokes and probably something resembling a message there too (and Jayne playing, well, herself). But sometimes against all odds these ramshackle affairs hold up surprisingly well. And "Success will fit you like a shroud" is one of my favorite movie quotes of all time.
Rated 08 Nov 2012
73
47th
I wasn't emotionally connected to anyone. But the entertainment and commodity commentary were amusing. Also, Rock's excitement at getting to use more exclusive bathrooms was hilarious.
Rated 06 Nov 2013
95
95th
What the fuck is Mad Men?
Rated 11 Mar 2023
80
78th
It's a sharp criticism of advertising and commercialism, with more innuendo than you can shake a stick at. Yes, sometimes it seems like it's playing for the inside joke more than keeping a coherent storyline. But I started laughing at the fake commercials (Robocop's may be slightly better) and mostly kept chuckling throughout. Fav scene(s): bringing back one of the original glamour girls, Joan Blondell.
Rated 30 Jun 2022
65
72nd
2. "If talent had anything to do with success..." Comedy is best when it jokes with the unspoken realities of the world, eloquently making fun of the unwritten laws and principles in the world, known by everyone, but seldom ascertained or put into words. Rock Hunter is a classic laid-back type of a comedy that is easy to follow and entertaining from start to finish. Its commentary on the fake and vain corporate and material world and Mansfield's Monroe-like persona (and laughter) are memorable.
Rated 29 Aug 2021
80
75th
Short answer: yes.
Rated 29 Apr 2019
60
10th
It's so bad. Almost everything about it. Every character is horrible. I hope they are miserable. The milk man monolog was nice tho.
Rated 10 Apr 2019
50
46th
Great premise and self-satire, but I lost interest after awhile. I'm not really sure how it ended. Nice to look back at the cars and other details of that time period. Really unbearable wholesome teenage niece. Fav scene: being chased in the streets by fans.
Rated 13 Oct 2010
79
64th
A fun and smart satire of 50's corporate ambition, celebrity obsession, advertising, and artificiality in general. Mansfield makes a pretty good ersatz Marilyn, Randall is a natural in his role, and it's great to see Joan Blondell still hanging in there. There's a lot of double-entendre, amusing wordplay, and clever fourth-wall breaking, especially the witty opening. Some of the gags fall flat, though, and there are a couple of moments where the actors seem to be awkwardly pausing for laughs.
Rated 12 Aug 2013
100
98th
So funny it's practically exhausting, whether it's the loaded double entendres, the meta references or Jayne Mansfield's cartoonish squeals. You can say they don't make em like this anymore, but in 1957 they didn't make em like this, either, so it's just a wonderful oddity.
Rated 31 Mar 2023
7
94th
you have just seen the handy dandy dandy electric shaver gently shave the fungus off an overripe peach. now watch the job it does for MY stubble!
Rated 20 Apr 2016
90
40th
Mansfield never bettered her performance in this, in my opinion. She's funny and surprisingly crude, which I rather like. Tony Randall is good, too, and the pair of them make this movie a lot of fun.
Rated 02 Jun 2012
100
96th
watched: 2012, 2016, 2021
Rated 20 Jun 2007
93
82nd
Laugh out loud funny with some of the most bizarre cinematic characters since My Man Godfrey. However, there are too many technical issues (Badly and obviously looped lines, lighting setups that make the actors cast four different shadows) to prevent me from giving the film a higher score.
Rated 13 May 2013
58
48th
Partly dated, partly fun.
Rated 28 Feb 2016
17
93rd
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 29 Jun 2013
95
97th
Surprisingly dirty for 1957, and thoroughly fun.
Rated 22 Mar 2011
75
69th
Long before the AMC-series crazy-comedy genius Frank Tashlin put the 'M' in Mad Men. Tony Randall is hilarious ("I thought a pipe would give me the successful Gregory Peck-look") as well is Jayne Mansfield who wasn't just a pair of ti..
Rated 07 Oct 2013
85
90th
Great, still completely relevant comedy, with very charming performances from everyone involved... A must-see classic in my book!

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