The Seven Year Itch

1955 NR 1h 45m DVD

The Seven Year Itch

1955 NR 1h 45m DVD
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After his family leaves for the summer, a middle-aged publisher lets his imagination run wild as he fantasizes about his curvaceous new neighbor. He resolves to avoid temptation, but the young woman is hard to resist.
Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman, Victor Moore, Dolores Rosedale, Donald MacBride, Carolyn Jones
Billy Wilder
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 3.0, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

There's little objectionable content in this romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder. But the story of a middle-aged man tempted to cheat on his wife, and much of the humor that flows from this premise, will be lost on young kids and is unlikely to be interesting to tweens or teens, either. The only areas of concern are the adults shown smoking and drinking frequently; both behaviors are glamorized and seem appealing. Several short, sweet kisses are shown, and a few longer ones are played for laughs.

Sexual Content

The theme is marital fidelity and the temptation to break it, so Marilyn Monroe's sex appeal is a big part of the story. But it's also a light comedy, and Monroe is presented in a typically sweet and charming light. There are quite a few kisses, mainly in fantasy sequences. Most are short and on the lips or cheeks. The few longer, more passionate kisses are played for laughs. A minor character asks for donations for her nudist colony and explains how the world would be a better place without clothes. Monroe is seen several times from the waist up in a slip, and a secretary is seen in a slip and skirt in a fantasy sequence. Sherman does a funny dance to take his pants off, and we see him bare-chested in the shower.


There are one or two comedic slaps in the face and one punch in the nose. In a comedic fantasy sequence, a woman is making persistent advances on Richard Sherman, and he slaps her face several times. In an overwrought, soap-opera way she then asks for a beating and says she'll come back for more. In another comedic fantasy Sherman's wife brandishes a gun and shoots him several times, but there's no blood and Sherman does a playacting, exaggerated collapse as though he's dead.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The truly attractive man is one who's tender and sweet, not the classic hunk. Although marriage has its ups and downs, the rewards of a long-term relationship are worth a lot more than fleeting pleasures, no matter how attractive those pleasures might be in the moment.


The very few 1950s pop-culture and consumer products mentioned probably won't mean much to modern kids. Howdy Doody is mentioned once, and Captain Video and Dictaphone are mentioned a couple of times each.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Although he's been cautioned not to by his doctor, protagonist Richard Sherman wants to drink alcoholic beverages while his wife is out of town. He wonders why a raspberry soda's artificial ingredients are better for you than a simple scotch on the rocks. Sherman and The Girl drink champagne and make and drink Tom Collins drinks and martinis. They discuss how to make a martini, which The Girl doesn't really like but continues to sip at anyway. Smoking is handled similarly; it's something Sherman knows he's not supposed to do, but both he and The Girl smoke frequently while they socialize, appearing to enjoy it.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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