Comparison Essay: Dennis Ku

Posted: August 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

White Chicks (2004)

VS

Some Like It Hot (1958)

 

It has been listed as the greatest American comedy of all time back in 2000 by the American Film Institute which was a movie directed by Billy Wilder name after “Some Like It Hot”. Where else on the other hand we have a comedy American buddy cop film which was directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans back in 2004. Both these movies have their similarities and plays around with their gender and taking it to a whole new era of film. There are some other memorable movie that uses men posing as women as well and they are the Tootsie and Mrs.Doubtfire which they both share some common characteristic such as the genre, narrative structure and other elements as well. Unlike the other movies, most of the time we already know what the movie is about and we expect it to happen already but in gender bender films we can never expect what happen next because most of the time the movie is so well organized that it leaves us as an audience not thinking what happen next but enjoy the moment that we were given during the movie. The two areas which I am going to compare out of ” Some Like It Hot” and ” White Chicks” are the narrative structure and the genre.

Before I start, i would like to introduce one of the quote from the movie ” Some Like It Hot” which i think that it is suitable through out these two movie and our reality which is ” Well, nobody is perfect”. This quote can be related to both the movies on gender bending which shows us the society now that not everything seems to what it is, most of the time we only see the surface.

Narrative Structure

White Chicks it begins with two FBI agents and brothers which is Marcus and Kevin Copeland ( Marlon and Shawn Wayans) in the convenience store disguising as Afro Cuban and tries to catch the members that sell drugs in ice cream but unfortunately they busted the wrong ice cream man and letting the right one ran off causing them a total failure in this operation. As a result to their failure, the chief have given them one last chance to redeem themselves by escorting the rich heiresses and socialites Tiffany and Brittany Wilson ( Anne Dudek, Maitland Ward ) to their social event at the Hamptons. On their way to the Hamptons they met an accident and caused the Wilson sisters suffer from minor facial cuts and no matter how they refuses to go till they recover to prevent the press and media as a result the two brothers are forced to disguise as the Wilson sisters in order to keep their badge with them. Then later on, the two brothers are starting to get hold of their gender where Kevin switches over to a guy potrating as Latrell Spencer ( Terry Crews ) the famous basketballer and uses his charm against Denise the reporter who have a history of dating rich and famous guys while on the other hand, Latrell has won over Tiffany during the charity auction.Later on, the Wilson sister found out that they have been clone and immediately rush out the premises and head to the Hampton and search for them. In the results to that, both of them have been fired by their chief and leaves the Wilson sister under danger which is the kidnapping by Mr.Vandergeld the one organizing the event. In the end, both of them reveal their identity to Marcus wife and Denise the reporter for causing them the trouble and mislead them.

Some Like It Hot, narrative about two Jazz musician Joe and Jerry ( Tony Curtis ) and ( Jack Lemmon )which they both witness the murder led by “Spats”, and when they saw Joe and Jerry both of them flee and decided to head towards Miami under a girl band dressing as women and calls themselves Josephine and Daphne.Upon arriving at Miami Joe tries to play as a millionaire cruise capten and hit on Sugar ( Marilyn Munroe ) while one night Joe uses Jerry to go on a dance with Osgood Fielding and him taking advantage on the given chance and bring Sugar to Osgood’s ship claiming that he owns all of them in order to win her heart. Later on, when Joe returns to the room he saw Jerry is still at his or should i say “her” world and after a while he announced that Osgood Fielding have proposed to him and he have accepted that offer without realizing that he is a man. Later on when all the thugs and mobster have arrived at the same hotel for a conference meeting, again both the Jazz musician witness another murder which is Spat and his companions. Later on, both of them and Sugar flee away with Osgood Fielding after revealing the truth he stated that “Nobody’s Perfect” which Joe will be able to reach his dream of marrying a millionaire.

Most of the scenes in White Chicks the director have insert the elements of exaggerate facial expressions and it contains lots of joke which enables us as the audience to enjoy the movie from the beginning till the end whereas there are a few scenes where the director uses a moving camera for example the scene where Marcus’s hand bag have been stolen, he chased the thief all the way and the camera effect has allow us as the audience to feel like we are also in the scene along with them chasing after the thief. On the other hand, Some Like It Hot do contain some similarities such as gender bender and some scenes which involves the camera Close ups and lighting have enable us as the audience to create the tension such as the scene where Joe hides behind the curtain and looking at Sugar singing on the stage, the lightings have created a deep feeling for the audience and brings the scene to a whole new level.

Genre

Both these movies inherit the similarities where they both falls under romantic, buddy comedy. The reason why i said so is because both these movie are gender bender where the male character plays the opposite sex and at some point of the movie one of the actors gets along well with the female role and forget his very own nature. For example the scene in “Some Like It Hot” where Daphne goes dining and dancing with Osgood, both of them tango-ing till the end and in the process of dancing Jerry forgets his own gender and he releases the female side of him and enjoy the dance along with Osgood, some of the part he leads and both of them switches the flower mouth to mouth shows the alpha male who is leading in a way, and when Daphne told Joe about the wedding it seems like he have already accepted the fact that he is a girl but Joe reminds him to tell himself that ” I am a boy”. Then we have the following scenes from White Chicks where Marcus as Tiffany enjoys having girl time with their bestie and doing so we can see the feminine side of him and one of the thing is that he enjoys doing so.

As for White Chick the director have made the film in a way that it gets us watching on as well as “Some Like It Hot” both these movies share some similarities which i have mentioned earlier, both these movie begins with thugs or mobster snuggling over drugs or illegal stuffs and both these movie shows us that the society that we live in now days. The things that we seen now in society isn’t as simple as it is because most of it is just the surface and the reason why i said so is because one movie starts off with drugs in ice cream and another which was illegal wine in coffin which both these scene mislead us as an audience in hiding the ugly truth from us, what we think is not what it seems to be. Later on, they met up with some problems and they are forced to play as different gender in order to achieve something or benefits themselves where Marcus and Kevin are forced to disguise themselves being the Tiffany sister is because they did not want to lose their job. As for  Joe and Jerry both of them flee away to save their lives from the mobster and they need money for living and this seems to be the best way as the mobster will never recognize them in girl dressing. Then we have the moments where both these film uses one of its actor to split personality whereas the other one remains the same and enjoys the feminism way. The scene where Kevin switches his gender back and forth in order to woo Denise he uses Marcus to distract Latrell and on the other hand he plays the alpha male and uses Latrell’s property and wealth to get her attention. Some Like It Hot takes the gender bender to a whole new level where it ends with ” Nobody’s Perfect”and we can see it through Jerry enjoys “herself” being a girl and dance off with Osgood, and the worst part is he agrees upon the marriage. Most of the time Joe uses his buddy to distract the millionaire and he himself uses all the benefit to get Sugar. Both this movies share the same characteristic in forms of genre and also their narrative structure. The Differences between White Chick and Some Like It Hot is that White Chick focus more on the dressing, the facial expression and the script whereas on the other hand White Chick uses effects such as Noir which manipulates the lighting and the black and white effects have really made this movie out of the extraordinary. For example the scene where Joe watches his love Sugar singing sadly after he told her that he is leaving to another place the lightings grew dim and the camera view close up to his face and for that moment we felt that we are actually there with him and witness the whole scene together, for me this was the scene which I felt touched and hold back my tears for.These are the similarities and differences between this movie.

Conclusion

The quotation which I find it suitable to sum up everything for these films is ” Nobody’s Perfect ” whether its regarding the social standings or marrying the other sex both the movies shows us that no matter what happens, eventually in the end they will have the sayings of ” and they live happily ever after”. The reason why i said so is because the confrontation of Marcus to his wife and Kevin to Denise about the whole truth somehow they are forgiven and thats what we as an audience are like to see in the ending. whereas on the other hand, Some Like It Hot ends with confrontation between Joe revealing his true identity to the Sugar and Jerry  telling every reasons that he could find to convince Osgood that he is no good for him ends up he being accepted for being a guy which Osgood doesn’t mind at all.In a way these movies manage to keep us entertain through their unique ways of playing around with gender bending and also some of the lightings and music which are involve.

 

References:

http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/w/white-chicks-script-transcript.html

http://sfy.ru/?script=some_like_it_hot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Like_It_Hot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Chicks

http://www.talktalk.co.uk/entertainment/film/review/films/white-chicks/738

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9400E6DE1039F930A15755C0A9629C8B63

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9400E6DE1039F930A15755C0A9629C8B63

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/white-chicks

 

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Comments
  1. adprosebud says:

    DENNIS KU
    1. Good interpretation of “Nobody’s perfect”.
    2. Mostly, you are describing the narrative, not analysing, not comparing with SLIH.
    3. Here again, you describe rather than analyse. I know the plot.
    4. Here, you are comparing. I need more of this!
    5. Parts of this paragraph contain good analysis, because you move back and forth between the two films. It sounds to me as if “White Chick” is a bit of a rip-off of SLIH, no?
    There is some good analysis in this, but you tell the story too much and spend too little of the essay focussing on the comparison. It sounds like there are great similarities between the two and that White Chicks may even be a copy of Some like it hot. Is that possible?

    C 73

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