Hmmm... perhaps. Wilder was quite the character himself though. One reason that comedy is a masterpiece is because it does explore emotions and society norms in a more complex way than first meets the eye. For example, you have the dialogue where Curtis asks Lemmon why a guy would marry a guy and Lemmon's response is "security". In one joke, Wilder mocks the "institution" of marriage twofold:
1.) too often marriage is based more on finance than romance... and this is very much the tradition going back to Old Testament times
2.) marriage is defined too much on a structure. While Lemmon is willing to experiment, Curtis has to give him a lecture that "it just isn't done". (Joe E. Brown's Osgood has no problem with anything they decide to do because "nobody's perfect".)
I like Wilder's films. They are wild, but also raise very important questions.
In one of these other stories, which I think is very well-written and performed, we have a wealthy man who is in his late 50s. He's a widow whose late wife was very domineering/controlling and an old friend of his from their younger days has come back into his life. It has been revealed he and his buddy had romantic feelings years ago but the wife stood in the way. Now that she's deceased, they are free to explore their feelings. But the widowed man has two grown daughters who are just as domineering and calculating as the late wife. So they are doing everything they can to keep their father from being happy with the man he truly loves.
You know how I exhaust you by OVER analyzing everything and everyone, including characters you create in your own stories. I never believe anybody is a set cardboard character. I always want to get "into" their heads.
Heck, I have even analyzed the entire $%#@ing Republican Party! I always chuckle over how Ted Cruz always changes the subject when asked if he has any "issues" with gays. Every time he hears the word "gay", he asks why Liberals are so obsessed with sex. Why? Because being "gay" means you have a strong libido. Apparently he thinks gays are incapable of doing anything else like... I dunno... listen to show tunes. Since he struggles so much showing intimacy with his own wife (and I am just talking about hugging her in public), you know he has a lot of issues with intimacy in general. Granted, he does have two daughters so he did what he had to do physically in order to get them even if he didn't enjoyed it.
With Mike Pence, he genuinely believes all "normal" people are heterosexual and good therapy and proper prayer can "fix" homosexuality. It doesn't matter what experts tell him. He stubbornly believes a man or woman's homosexuality can be fixed just like a leaky faucet. I don't think he necessarily believes they are cursed by God like Pat Robertson (who is obsessed with the Sodom and Gomorrah story even though he hasn't read it in decades and is basing every sermon on "memory"). Yet he doesn't understand why gays should feel discriminated against based on "religious freedom" because they can easily change and conform, unlike a black person who can't change their skin tone.
Which brings me to The Daughters. What is THEIR problem exactly? Why do they not want Daddy to be happy? Obviously they are uncomfortable in their own perception of sexuality and intimacy. This is something I have picked up with people who say their religious faith is why they are intolerant of gays. If Leviticus is as important as they say it is, they wouldn't be eating out at Red Lobster. Are The Daughters upset that Daddy is not fitting in with the status quo as they see it? Nazi Germany was all about the status quo under Hitler. If they resemble Mommy, who is deceased, you have to wonder what HER issues were. Was she aggressive with her husband because she feared unloved herself?
I am so sorry. This has nothing to do with what you want to discuss. Ha ha! Yet I do believe that a good on-going soap opera on TV has an advantage over a theatrical 90 minute movie in that characters can be explored more fully over time.