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December 5, 2012
Jack Lemmon is a photographer who is persuaded to fake an injury to get the cash, by his brother-in-law, lawyer Walter Matthau, who won an oscar for playing the ultimate parody of a slimy lawyer. Directed by the incomparable Billy Wilder, and very very funny, witty and entertaining.
Super Reviewer
November 6, 2012
An underrated bittersweet comedy sparklingly written by the master of cynicism. Tailor made for the antics of the marvelous odd couple Matthau-Lemmon.
October 24, 2012
A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.
September 7, 2012
Enjoyable film with some brilliant performances.
½ September 2, 2012
Very entertaining dark comedy that is notable for being Lemmon and Matthau's first collab. Not my favorite of their team ups, but a good one.
½ August 24, 2012
The first film to pair Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and their interaction is the best part of the film. Overall the film drags a bit, but there are some very funny moments that make it worth sitting through. The climactic moment where the secret is revealed is extremely entertaining.
½ August 24, 2012
Despite a seeming simple plot, the movie manages to remain witty and comedic. Loved the Cleveland references.
July 7, 2012
Tulipahan katsottua aamutuimaan Billy Wilderin loistokomedia..näitä vanhempia leffoja joutuu valitettavasti katsomaan itekseen kun ne on näitten muitten mielestä niiiin mustavalkosia. Hölmöt ;)
July 4, 2012
Their first collaboration together but still felt that they had work before because of their chemistry .
½ June 20, 2012
Morality and cynicism not quite the bedfellows--A nice glimpse into the world of Wilder!!
May 25, 2012
"the fortune cookie" is another brilliant comedy from writer/director billy wilder. jack lemmon and walter matthau, as usual, are a great comedy duo and they play off each other so well, which makes both of their performances all the more funny. there are so many golden comedic moments, it's nearly impossible to dislike the film. if you don't like it, you might want to have yourself examined to see if you have something large and pointy deep inside your rectum.
May 6, 2012
enjoyable caper for sure but not one of the better wilders IMHO.
½ February 9, 2012
Billy 'Genius' Wilder egyik golden age vĂ­gjátĂ (C)ka, Walter Matthau Ă (C)s Jack Lemmon párossal a fĹ'szerepben. ElĹ'bbi Ă (C)letĂ (C)nek legjobb alakĂ­tását nyĂşjtja a láncdohányos, dörzsölt, -Ă (C)s vĂ (C)gtelenĂ 1/4l vicces - zugĂ 1/4gyvĂ (C)d szerepĂ (C)ben. Jack Lemmon 'kis nagy ember' figurája (ismĂ (C)t) giccses felismerĂ (C)sek helyett, a kor valĂłdi problĂ (C)máira is fĂłkuszál karakterfejlĹ'dĂ (C)se során. Elegáns, Ă­zlĂ (C)ses, igazi örökzöld.
August 22, 2011
Superb comedy and what amazing acting too..these guys are all another league..such a complete and relaxing entertainer
½ August 15, 2011
A gentle satire from Billy Wilder, this is among his best films (and one that has, until now, flown under my radar). Lemmon's good, and Matthau is straight-up outstanding in what I'd say is one of his finest roles (and one for which he very deservedly won an Oscar). The screenplay is quite funny, but this is far from slapstick stuff; the writing is cerebral and witty (characteristic of Wilder), and the movie never stoops for an easy laugh. It lacks the angry bite of some of Wilder's other works, but that ultimately makes the movie much more of an enjoyable romp.
July 8, 2011
Matthau & Lemmon are brilliant.
June 7, 2011
A solid Wilder comedy. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (1966's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner) deliver two excellent performances in this watchable satire.
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2011
A comical caper from Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau, some great lines throughout, easy watching, a good oldie.
May 1, 2011
Walther Matthau plays the brother in law of Jack Lemmon, who he persuades to commit insurance fraud after a bump inn with a pro ballplayer. Of course there are many obstacles in their way before they can get the huge payout. Viciously funny film with the silver screen`s most memorable duo Jack and Walther.
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