The Apartment

June 8, 2006

This is the 1960 film with Jack Lemmon.  I didn't really know much about the film before seeing it, and I'm still not sure whether it's supposed to be a comedy or drama.  The office people make me think it's a comedy, because they were all one-sided stereotypes and characatures, not one having any sort of "real" personality".  But then the serious issues with the affair, the suicide attempt and the divorce make me think it's probably a drama.  In mixing the two I think it fails at both.

The premise was too unbelievable for me to even acknowledge the story.  A guy passes around his apartment key to his bosses so they can use his apartment for sex, and he thinks he's going to move up in the business because of it.  First off, it's pretty disgusting to think about letting other people, much less many other people have sex in your bed.  For another thing, I think having a hotel room would be much more sanitary and discreet than having someone in your office know you're sleeping around with lots of other women.  He could have easily blackmailed all the guys who had used his apartment.

The love story part of it just sort of fell together at the last minute and didn't seem believable.  It was a very sudden ending, and not satisfying at all.  I can't understand why this movie is rated so highly.


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