A kind of cinematic litmus test that separates the casual Billy Wilder fan from the true connoisseur, KISS ME, STUPID is a monument of satirical tastelessness that was unjustly maligned by critics and condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency in 1964, yet in retrospect, is now seen as
one of Wilder's most fascinatingly original films.
Driving from Las Vegas to Hollywood, pop singer Dino (Dean Martin), a hard-drinking womanizer, stops in the small town of Climax, Nevada, for gas. His car is sabotaged by the local mechanic Barney Millsap (Cliff Osmond), an unsuccessful amateur songwriter who has collaborated for years with
piano-teacher Orville J. Spooner (Ray ...