The Odd Couple (1968)
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Compulsive neatnik Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) is thrown out of his house by his divorce-bound wife. He wanders aimlessly through the streets of New York, toying with the idea of suicide, before gravitating to the apartment of his best friend, incorrigibly sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). Worried that Felix will try something desperate, Oscar, himself in the process of being divorced by his wife, invites Felix to move in with him. Within a few days, this mismatched pair is on
Jan 1, 1968 Wide
Dec 12, 2000
Paramount Home Video
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The Neil Simon comedy that lit up Broadway for more than two years shines again in this flawed but still funny screen adaptation.
...a durable classic, the sort of comedy that doesn't try to yank laughs by cramming its fist down our throats.
For all its overfamiliarity, this is a good play, easily Simon's best, and Matthau and Lemmon inhabit it with grace and style.
The key to the movie is its stars... it is Matthau's reserved yet committed man's man that gives the film its comedic edge.
Acting is all: Lemmon and Matthau are terrific in their first teaming in this highly amusing comedy, which is sharply written by Neil Simon but poorly directed by theater helmer Gene Saks.
When critics discuss chemistry, that onscreen magic that occurs between perfectly paired actors, the electricity exemplified by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon is a textbook illustration of same.
...it's still the original movie that best captures the essence of the characters and story.
he plot, nothing more than a premise based on Simon's real-life brother, Danny, goes nowhere, but then it's not really supposed to.
Truly classic comedy in Neil Simon school with superb Lemmon and Matthau.
The film still remains fresh, as amazingly the many one-liners and the wacky situation still work.
It's just one hilarious situation after another in this classic comedy about two polar opposites (one compulsively neat, the other a slob) forced to live together.
Comedy at its best.
What's not to like about this classic film which features two of our most beloved actors at their best?
Audience Reviews for The Odd Couple
- Felix Unger: We had so much together. We had two beautiful kids, a beautiful home. Whoever had more beautiful kids or a more beautiful home, eh?
- Oscar Madison: Nobody. Nobody.
- Felix Unger: It's 12 years of marriage down the drain.
- Oscar Madison: Drains can be fixed. That's why we have plumbers.
- Oscar Madison: Can we just play cards?
- Roy: I told you you'd get into trouble. It's because you don't know how to manage anything. I should know, I'm your accountant.
- Oscar Madison: If you're my accountant, how come I need money?
- Roy: If you need money, how come you play poker?
- Oscar Madison: Because I nee money.
- Roy: But you always lose.
- Oscar Madison: That's why I need the money.
- Roy: Then don't play poker.
- Oscar Madison: My friend Murray the policeman gets a warm Pepsi.
- Roy: You still didn't fix the refrigerator. It's been two weeks now - no wonder it stinks in here.
- Oscar Madison: Temper, temper. If I wanted nagging, I'd go back with my wife. I'm out. Who wants food?
- Murray: What do you got?
- Oscar Madison: I got, uh, brown sandwiches and, uh, green sandwiches. Which one do you want?
- Murray: What's the green?
- Oscar Madison: It's either very new cheese or very old meat.
- Murray: I'll take the brown.
- Oscar Madison: Who gets a Pepsi?
- Roy: What's that smell? Disinfectant? It's the cards. He washed the cards.
- Oscar Madison: I cannot stand little notes on my pillow! ?We are all out of cornflakes, F.U.? It took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger.
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