AFI #80 – The Apartment

The Apartment - PosterThe Apartment

1960

Directed by Billy Wilder

Netflix says: C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) has his future mapped out–all he needs to do is cozy up to the top feeders in the corporate food chain. But his fast track to the executive suite gets short-circuited when he falls for one of the bosses’ girlfriends. The Apartment features top-notch performances from Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Picture.

Okay, this one I really liked. C.C. Baxter is a likable character, so I kind of feel bad for him in the way that so many of his co-workers use and abuse him. But at the same time, I felt like he put himself in the situation that he seems to constantly find himself in, so that makes it a little more difficult to pity him. I don’t think I’d ever seen Shirley MacLaine in anything before Terms of Endearment, so to see her so young felt slightly strange. And I have to admit, it was difficult seeing the absent-minded professor playing such a sleazebag. But there he was, being a sleazebag. Good movie. Check it out.

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