Grumpy Old Men (1993)
This cheerful holiday comedy, a surprise box office smash, featured a generous dollop of raunchy, crude humor and was greatly elevated by the presence of masterful performers in the lead roles. Jack Lemmon is John Gustafson, an ice-fishing Minnesota native who has been feuding with his neighbor and former best friend Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) for decades. The battle of wills between John and Max is characterized by crude name calling and harmless practical jokes. Max is unaware that John is having serious problems, chiefly that his daughter Melanie (Daryl Hannah) is experiencing marital woes and that his house is about to be confiscated by an officious IRS agent (Buck Henry). When it seems that John and Max may finally put aside their childish rivalry, however, sexy new neighbor Ariel (Ann-Margret) arrives and dates both men, pitting them against each other more fiercely than ever before. Despite their mutual loathing, the death of a friend, John's problems, and a budding romance between Max's son Jacob (Kevin Pollak) and Melanie may force the two old friends to reconcile. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Grumpy Old Men
Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are awfully good at this sort of thing.
Just don't expect their bickering to be on the level of Neil Simon, and you won't be disappointed.
While it won't come close to my top 10 best list for 1993, it will be right up there among the pictures that I had the most fun watching.
The movie is too pat and practiced to really be convincing, and the progress of Ariel's relationships with the two grumps seems dictated mostly by the needs of the screenplay.
If you poke through Grumpy's cheap sentimentality, you'll find a worthy picture somewhere.
the real reason this movie works is the fantastic, decades-honed chemistry of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
A funny, often hilarious, film that proves that a story doesn't need to be completely new just as long as there's a spin on it to make it different.
Irresistible...the prime hams and real-life friends share comic timing that can only come from years of experience. [Blu-ray]
...sort of a one-note picture, but luckily that one note is often pretty humorous.
What ruins the fun is the prattling need for structure outside the central rivalry
Though supported by a stellar ensemble running the gamut of their seriocomic paces, it's not enough to distract viewers from script holes large enough to drive a snowplow through.
A raucous geezer comedy that contains several hilarious moments where you're laughing well into the next scene.
Two old men who are challenged to savor life's pleasures and end their feud
Contrived but fun old man buddy comedy. Burgess Meredith has all the best lines.
Age old tale of opposites is a charmer.
It could be my Minnesota heritage, but I honestly thought this was one of the funniest comedies ever made.
Okay entertainment held together by the chemistry of the cast
Audience Reviews for Grumpy Old Men
Not the best film of the duo Matthau and Lemmon, but, Grumpy Old Men still a funny and charismatic movie about love, life, family, friends and death in old age.More
An instant classic! This comedy has all the right timing and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau make the funniest pair. Don't skip the end credits either, Burgess Meredith has some of the funniest one-liners I've ever heard!More
Just a really funny movie showcasing one of the best duos in comedy. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are as good together 30 years after their first onscreen partnering. While this isn't as well written or as fresh as The Odd Couple, it's such an untapped market. Squabbling old men is somehow one of the most entertaining things to watch. This also has so much heart and honesty thrown in that you simply can't resist falling in love with the characters.More
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