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Marriage on the Rocks
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2009
This movie gave me great delight as I really enjoyed looking back at the good clean style of movie made back in this era. The actors are great - especially Deborah Kerr - and I especially liked the interaction between the friendship of the characaters played by Frank and Dean. I wish there were more movies made along these lines for todays audience, which suits us baby boomers. All the sex, violence and action of today's films is unnecessary. Suggestiveness gives room for the imagination. I fully recommend this movie.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2000
This is a great movie. If you love Frank Sinatra, you'll love this one. It is a light hearted comedy, with all the charm and pizazz that Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin give the screen. You will smile all from beginning to end at all the confusion that erupts. It is must see for all the fans of 1950s and 1060s movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I thought this was a lot of fun, a superb Sinatra movie that was well done. Other favorites are "Some Came Running" and "High Society". What I liked best about this is the turnabout plays and scripting, plus a great time capsule of earlier times... Dean Martin did a terrific job too as the casual playboy, who trades places with Sinatra's married life. Great fun.
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VINE VOICEon December 24, 2011
Once again, Frank and Dean hold their audience in contempt with this lackadaisical romantic farce. Except for Deborah Kerr and Cesar Romero, no one bothers to show up. Another low point in the Sinatra-Martin filmography - worse than "Ocean's 11" and "Sergeants 3."
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on October 2, 2011
This movie is a fun lesson in how to handle the marriage itch. Wife's discontentment for the boring life she has leads her to seek her value and identity outside her marriage - with her husband's business partner and friend. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin head up the game and in the end, the wife learns the value of love! Layers are also in the movie like a daughter that wants to grow up quickly, her friend who wants to marry Frank, and a crooked Ceasar Romero looking at every turn to make a buck.

I liked the movie for the shear nostalgic value. Mid century home interiors, fashionable expressions and art, drinking and bantering back and forth - like the hay day it was produced in. This is a fun movie and is clean but flirty here and there. We've watched it several times and I never tire of the entertainment value! Great fun! I didn't do a five star on it because it felt a bit short and abrupt at the end. Like they realized they had only five feet of film left and ended it without perfect closer.
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on October 11, 2011
I really enjoyed this movie, not for it's cinematic excellence, but just because it was campy and silly fun. I laughed a lot and LOVED looking at Deborah Kerr's wardrobe. For the first time, I actually paid attention to Dean Martin who was absolutely hysterical in this movie. It was obvious that he and Frank were having some fun. Deborah Kerr was absolutely gorgeous, as usual, and seemed to be having just as much fun as the fellas. I loved seeing a young Nancy Sinatra do a good job with her part as well as the boy who played her brother. That kid had some great lines. Hermione Baddeley nearly stole the whole movie as the mother-in-law. She had some very funny sight gags.

All in all, this movie was good, clean fun.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 29, 2008
Dull ad man (Frank Sinatra) has a bored wife (Deborah Kerr) who's ready to call it quits. While in Mexico, they accidentally get divorced and then she accidentally marries her husband's best pal (Dean Martin). Hilarity ensues (NOT).

This terrible sixties comedy completely wastes the talents of Sinatra and Kerr who appear painfully self-conscious and wooden (especially when dancing the frug in formal attire at a go-go club!), and the script is just ridiculous. Who's going to believe Frank Sinatra as a boring fuddy-duddy? Or a thirty-something (when he was really 50)? Deborah Kerr is way too prim and proper to be a with-it swinger, and she's definitely not funny. Martin plays his usual laid-back playboy, but really serves no purpose and seems to have wandered in from some other film set. The so-called legal problems that occur in Mexico because of the language barrier are tedious and unbelievable; these people are wealthy and would have had their team of lawyers straighten it all out in no time.

This was an obvious attempt to copy the success of The Grass Is Greener, where Kerr was bored with hubby Cary Grant and attracted to swinger Robert Mitchum. That was a cute movie; this one is a dud.
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on August 4, 2008
This is a good movie that has elements found in movies released during the 1965 period. The movie reminds one to re-consider their own views and ideas on marriage. Many movies produced before 1970 promote marriage rather than being a bachelor. I suppose many people consider marriage to be the norm in our society.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Frank Sinatra tried something unusual here and these types of sex comedies and therapies are interesting...but frank has a novel approach! Probably not his but maybe the screenwriter who may know his nature and has fun with it. We must imagine this as a fun movie,made for laughs,with his own money and production company. Hollywood was a tough town to make it in. Frank also had a hard time and during the 50's was told he was finished andleave town, but he wasnt the
first. Not even dean martin had this happen to him,kicked out! But he said he never held any grudges,which others had. He was mostly at home with outsiders in hollywood,humphrey bogart james cagney and more innovative artists,but they were more well read and at this time opened up production companies,but he didnt get any jobs from them. But they actually warmed up to him and became a circle of friends with these enterprising artists. However this did him little good but he did get a break with harry cohn working almost for free with from here to eternity,which helped him in hollywood. However he aften made films like rat pack movies,and like this movie,which no one really knew what to make of? This movie was poorly received and reviewed and largely failed. Philip roth had written a successful novel Portnoy's complaint which was made into a film,and jerry lewis would make a kind of psychologist film(1966)three on a couch...which his old studio wouldnt allow him to make. These kinds of stories
were not well accepted at the time,and woody allen would make a series of these
films in new york,they all have a psychoanalytic frame at diagnosing and
alleviating problems,and for that reason people have problems with these
film makers, as being kind of foreign,and if we look closely this film does the
same,but its all a send up and a joke. For the first 40 minutes, where frank's
wife leaves him among best friend/swinger dino there are a flurry of psycho
analytic potshots and jokes at characters,which are all in jest,and whether
frank understood them is up for debate, but they do take an approach at
swinging america at the time,typified by dean martin and california! The girls
are also the kind of girls who would later follow him on his tv show, much like
his secretary where his jokes. And he makes no attempt to act. As a matter of
fact in 1963 he announced to the chagrin of hollywood he would continue to make movies but not act which many found disrespectful,but this nonsense started
with some critics of Toys in the attic. They hit a sore nerve. Anyways frank divorces and the children are shattered,and lost and frank's character shows
remorse at the children but his wife wants to move on with others,and to
resolve this problem they move to mexico,and mexican culture,and the wife doesnt seem to care but he carries burdens,becomes ill, disease(or a play on
words dis-ease)with life. That's the metaphor,sick of his wife. She eventually
married his best friend,they divorce,many shenanigans,and dino at movie's end
hates his wife,his character,but frank has shown remorse and has internalized
many experiences from somewhere and developed a love for the three children,
which dedicated him to the marriage,the family frictions,wife,husband,
kids,all live happily ever after and its his culture which provides this
healing? Which culture? Cesar romero and the spanish visit,among the parties
and fun,and experience of family life,which is what the character is really
about,his life is made whole. A bit simplistic order from chaos,but really
frank sinatra,and this is a joke with a look inside at frank sinatra,they
are having fun,frank was always a latin person in all ways,his relation
with woman,loyalty to first wife,looking after the children(who appear in
this film) and in friends and associates. He liked the people from his old
neighbourhood(and there's a film he made of his life by his daughter which
goes into it)...but for him a search inward is his culture to resolve
problems. This is done as a sendup,but the writer has fun with it in this way,
as Spanish and American life are contrasted. This is a party film with
old stalward cesar Romero and a host of european actors thrown in. Frank is
always a latin person,most comfortable there,and this kind of joke-film he would
do again in dirty dingus magee. There are shots here at the dino character,
who cant reform the way the more cultural character frank plays,as he finds
salvation among the ancient cultures of the south! It's a joke but interesting
look at life,in my youth the most often repeated Sinatra film shown,a fun
send up. Some people are sensitive to these kinds of films,the lewis film,
and the woody allen films. The los angeles times reviewer found it a movie of
the Sinatra clan...these kinds of comments are not acceptable by reviewers
i find it a legitemate artistic expression,and he always admitted he does
not write his movies. These were a kind of film,so its good to look at them...
he does do a send up of jackie gleason though...but frank's idea is finding
value and healingin family relationships,which the children bring about..
now how did the writer come up with that...from someone who grew up on the
Sinatra music and music like many others!
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on June 23, 2014
Marriage On The Rocks is a cute family movie Hollywood was doing in 1965. Nancy Sinatra plays Frank's daughter in this and it is fun. Some wacky situations and it makes for a good time for the audience, as they see her parents go through some marital strife. Joi Lansing gives good support.
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