#93 The Apartment

FYI–#96, The Searchers, I can’t find anywhere. #95 is Pulp Fiction and #94 is Goodfellas. Not a fan of excessive violence and ‘F’ words, so I’m not going to watch those. Ergo…moving on to #93…

What a wonderful movie! Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray star in this 1960 Academy Award winning film. I wasn’t alive when this film was made, but I can’t help but think it was ahead of its time in theme. Lemmon’s character, C.C. Baxter, loans his apartment to execs at his insurance company who indulge in extra-marital affairs. In exchange, Baxter receives a quick trip up the corporate ladder. I won’t give away the plot twists, but it’s definitely worth viewing. If you liked “About A Boy” or “In Good Company”, this film has a similar feel to it.

I love watching actors step away from the usual, and MacMurray’s philandering scoundrel is a far cry from the single father in “My Three Sons.” By the end of the movie, I hated him, and I’m pretty sure that’s what I was supposed to feel. Lemmon, on the other hand, plays the everyday Joe he was so fine at playing. When he finally finds his conscience, I wanted to hop into the screen and give him a hug.

It’s just a great story with a happy ending (I’ll give away that much) and even this cynical soul enjoys a happy ending from time to time.

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