Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 12
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 153,446
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
Dec 24, 1993 Wide
Aug 27, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures
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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.
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
- Max Goldman: Eat my shorts.
- Max Goldman: Oh, shut up, fat ass!
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