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Pillow Talk

comedy, romance

In their first romantic comedy together, Doris Day and Rock Hudson are utterly charming as an uptight interior decorator and an amorous playboy who are forced to share a party line.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Hudson and Day's Sex and the City, '50s-style.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that 1959's Pillow Talk is a romantic comedy that reflects its period's attitudes toward women, sexuality, and what was perceived as funny. Popular, even iconic, this film is packed with sexual innuendo and coy double meanings. While there is no overt sexual activity, other than some passionate kissing and a young man feebly trying to force his attention on the leading lady, the story is about relationships -- both those that are purely sexual and those that are romantic. More decades-old values onscreen: a featured player with a chronic hangover is seen as humorous, as are several scenes in which characters get very, very drunk; women are referred to as "girls"; homosexuality and obesity are mocked; there's no ethnic diversity; characters smoke; and the glamorous wardrobe includes lots of fur.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how films of this ear are fun but depict prejudice against different groups. Do you ignore the racism, sexism, and fat-phobia of the film and only look at the comic storyline?
  • How much do you know about the '50s? What has changed? How have romantic comedies changed?
  • Have you seen other Doris Day movies? Do you find them fun even though the attitudes in them are dated?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: One of the most lively and up-to-date comedy-romances of the year.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh: ...Hudson and Day's palpable chemistry together is] evident almost immediately...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fresh: The first and the best of the three romantic comedies Doris Day made with Rock Hudson at Universal offers a good case of deconstructing the stars' respective screen images.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Romantic comedy about a couple who haven't met but share a telephone line. If you like Shop Around The Corner, You've Got Mail, How To Lose A Guy In 10 days then you will like this movie.

- thmtsang, Friday, September 9, 2011

3 stars

I don't think Doris Day and Rock Hudson have too much chemistry in the conventional sense, but it certainly is pleasurable watching them squabble. This movie has just the right amount of retro and cheese to make it delightful.

- jennifxu, Sunday, August 14, 2011

3 stars

Sure, it's a super old romantic comedy, but stale it's not. Michael Gordon's richly stylized classic has America's Sweetheart Doris Day going at it with hunky Rock Hudson in a hilarious battle of the sexes chock fill of double entendres and risque subtext. Day is a hard-wired interior designer sharing a telephone party line with Hudson's songwriting bachelor. As is expected they bicker, and fall right into one another's arms. Nominated for five Oscars, Pillow Talk ignited the iconic pairing of Day and Hudson, leading to two more films, but nothing beats Pillow Talk.

- casillase1, Monday, September 10, 2012