The Apartment review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/18/12
C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) allows his companies executives to use his apartment for malicious rendezvous. The Director Jeff D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) discovers the reason of Baxter’s popularity and asks for a favor for his promotion. A Second Admin. Assistant Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) has a history with Jeff and ultimately gets close to “Bud” Baxter. Dr. Dreyfuss (Jack Kruschen) is the empathetic wise doctor and neighbor of Bud who complaints about the noise but is dependable when needed.
The screenplay good despite some grammatical errors, with lines from Baxter – “That's the way it crumbles...cookie-wise.” Fran – “Some people take, some people get took. And they know they're getting took and there's nothing they can do about it.” Soundtrack of the film was decent but the performances were sincere and amusing. This reviewer was impressed with Shirley MacLaine’s character, the pain and insecurities were well exhibited. In this critic's opinion, the story and love angle surpasses the comical scenes. Overall, The Apartment is a smart comedy romance that deals with corporate corruption, fidelity, love and importance of a person becoming a “human being.”