Some Like It Hot
I really love movies that end on a punchline. There are a few movies out there that just feel like gigantic lead-ins to a single punch-line ending, like the whole movie is one winding joke being told in a smoky bar.
One such movie, “A Boy And His Dog”, is based on a Harlan Ellison short story. The whole movie - long, dark, abstract, super misogynistic, and pretty terrible, start to finish - ends on a really unexpected cannibalism joke. “Well, I’d certainly say she had marvelous judgment, Albert, if not particularly good taste.” Especially contrasted with how dark and humorless the rest of the movie was, I think I laughed for five solid minutes. It made the whole movie seem worth it for me.
“Some Like it Hot”, 1959 comedy classic, has a man, Jerry/Daphne, who, attempting to escape his mafia creditors, is disguised as a woman for the better part of the film. Jerry/Daphne manages to successfully win the heart of Osgood Fielding III, a millionaire who Jerry intends to bilk out of a great deal of money. At the end of the movie, Osgood has bravely rescued Jerry/Daphne from some mafia goons, and Jerry/Daphne - who has begun to experience some real feelings for Osgood - is creating every excuse that he can to try to convince Osgood that marrying him would be a bad idea. She’s a smoker! She’s barren! Osgood dismisses them all, one after the next, until Jerry/Daphne, exasperated, takes off his wig and reveals that he’s a man.
“Well, nobody’s perfect.”
Melissa: So, here’s the scam. The app I wrote just logs into tinder with an image randomly selected from a Google image search for “sexy”. Anybody who messages her is paired with the next person to message her. Then, it just acts as a proxy, ferrying messages from one horny dude to the next.
Milo: Well, nobody’s perfect. Still want to do this?
CEO: (icily) No.