Some Like It Hot (1959)—Almost

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Women’s clothes are frequently impractical and uncomfortable. Even more uncomfortable is the experience of being the object of the covetous attention of men.

These were some of the points raised and illustrated by Some Like It Hot. But the movie took notice of these points as humor. They were happening to men.

In the end, the two main characters of the story—men hiding from pursuers by dressing as women and joining an all-female band—escaped their predicament by revealing their identities. The movie never quite made the leap of acknowledging all the other characters in the movie, the women, who were left still living with the challenges these men had fled for lack of a similarly effectual escape.