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Grumpy Old Men's stars are better than the material they're given -- but their comedic chemistry is so strong that whenever they share the screen, it hardly matters. Read critic reviews

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John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have been at each other's throats for years. The rivalry of the former friends intensifies when Ariel (Ann-Margret) comes along and provides a love interest for both of them. When Max finds out that John is experiencing family troubles and financial ruin, however, he steps in to help. Their bond is further cemented when John has a health scare and Max makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friend.

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  • Apr 03, 2019
    Grumpy Old Men is still one of my favourite past time movies. The teaming of Matthau and Lemmon was never a problem, it was the story and filmmaker at the helm. This film is harmless and it has a lot of good intentions. The support cast are only there to service the plot, but are very one dimensional. Lemmon's character has a daughter who's husband is attempting to sort out his life, but that gets two minutes. A good film and one you can watch time to time without the over complicated storylines. The two lead characters are fun and play well together, it's just a shame the sequel failed to recapture the essence of the first film. 03/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2016
    Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau team-up for the hilarious screwball comedy Grumpy Old Men. The story follows two life-long rivals and neighbors who take their juvenile games and pranks to a new level to compete for a beautiful, free-spirited woman who moves in down the street from them. Lemmon and Matthau are incredibly funny, and are backed by a strong supporting cast; including Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, and Daryl Hannah. And while the comedy is a lot of fun, there also a lot of heart; with a touching message about the bonds of friendship and making the most out of life. Terrifically entertaining, Grumpy Old Men delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2011
    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.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2011
    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!
    Shawn E Super Reviewer

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