"The Apartment" (1960)
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Billy Wilder
Written By: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Released: June 15th, 1960
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: United Artists
Insurance worker C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use for extramarital affairs. When his manager Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) begins using Baxter's apartment in exchange for promoting him, Baxter is disappointed to learn that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the elevator girl at work whom Baxter is interested in himself. Soon Baxter must decide between the girl he loves and the advancement of his career.
I really enjoyed this film. It was sweet. I find the premise of the plot that people keep wanting to use Baxter’s apartment a little odd, it’s home, why or how did he end up giving into them all so much? How do they all seem to know or think they can use his apartment whenever they feel? It’s a bit far-fetched to me…
Jack Lemmon is great. The more I see him in movies now the more likable I find him to watch. He’s very funny and endearing.
The romance between him and Fran is really cute as well. I liked her character a lot. She was well developed.
This is very light-hearted and enjoyable.