Some Like it Hot is a 1959 screwball comedy directed by Billy Wilder. In the story Joe and Jerry, two musicians, lose there current gig due to some sketchy business dealings. Witnessing the killings of some men due to a gangster group, Joe and Jerry are on the run and discover there is only one way to escape: the one job available is a girls only gig in Florida, so they both decide to pretend to be women. Joe and Jerry, in their female states, befriend the beautiful singer Sugar. Falling in love or having people fall in love with them, Joe and Jerry find themselves in very crazy mixed up situations while trying to hide themselves from the gangster group. Some Like it Hot incorporates the screwball comedy elements of having male central characters whose "masculinity is challenged" / having mistaken identities, trying to keep a secret and mismatched relationships.
Male central characters whose "masculinity is challenged" / mistaken identities / characters trying to keep a secret
Another major aspect to screwball comedies is having characters who struggle to conceal a secret. While pretending to be this rich man, Joe is keeping the secret from Sugar that he is actually not only not rich, but additionally he is Josephine. On top of that, Jack and Joe continuously struggle to hide the fact that they are not actually women. For one, if people find out they are men, they will lose their jobs. Two, their secret identities help protect them from the gangsters. If their secret is revealed, the gangsters will have a much easier time of finding them.
Marriage to the rich / mismatched relationships
The boy working at the hotel has a little crush on Josephine. This is obviously quite the mismatched dynamic. He is, what? 14? And Josephine looks like she is 40. This running joke is a great example of the screwball comedy theme of mismatched relationships.
Some Like it Hot is a hilarious screwball comedy film that will keep you wondering how on earth Joe and Jerry will get through this whole situation? Will they be able to keep their identities a secret? How will things turn out between Joe and Sugar? How will things turn out between Daphne and Osgood? All of these questions stem from the absurd situations that will only occur in a screwball comedy film! Watch it!