The Odd Couple

1968, Comedy, 1h 45m

40 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Enlivening Neil Simon's crackerjack script with their harmonious rapport, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are a perfect pairing as The Odd Couple. Read critic reviews

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When fussy Felix (Jack Lemmon) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his best friend, messy Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbors, Cecily (Monica Evans) and Gwendolyn (Carole Shelley). When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test.

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  • Jul 11, 2013
    Tonally, it's inconsistent, and its characters behave in seemingly random ways, but The Odd Couple contains just enough comedic starpower and underlying progressiveness to ensure it's a worthy watch.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2013
    Neat-freak Felix rooms with the messy Oscar. Classic, funny, and enjoyable, <i>The Odd Couple</i> works primarily because of the strong performances by the two leads, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Both make their characters both likeable and annoying, and both deliver Neil Simon's lines with a high-energy, <i>His Girl Friday</i> wit. This film is more fun than profound, more madcap than sober, and while I rarely laugh out loud at most comedies, I found myself chuckling and smiling now and then at the film's clever repartee. Overall, this film is a classic for a reason -- a very good reason.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    "The Odd Couple" isn't completely successful in its transfer from stage to screen, but the humor is still as ripe as ever and there are two great lead performances from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The main problem is that Gene Saks' direction doesn't elevate the "The Odd Couple" the way that it should, making the film often feel like nothing more than a filmed play. However, it's enjoyable and there's an honest message at its center, and, above all, it's funny.
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  • Apr 03, 2011
    Hilarious and acted to perfection.
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