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Joseph P. "Kotch" Kotcher is an irksome 72-year-old who lives with his son and daughter-in-law. When he learns the family's former babysitter Erica is pregnant, Kotch loans her some money; and when she moves away to Palm Springs, he moves in with her, hoping to be of some use.


Walter Matthau
as Joseph Kotcher
Paul Picerni
as Dr. Gaudillo
Jane Connell
as Miss Roberts
Jessica Rains
as Dr. McKernan
Lawrence Linville
as Peter Herzenstiel
Biff Elliot
as Motel Manager
Dee Carroll
as Dorothy Ballinger
Arlen Stuart
as Mrs. Fisher
Kim Hamilton
as Receptionist
Janya Brannt
as Mrs. Pugh
Penny Santon
as Mrs. Segura
Jack Lemmon
as Stranger on Bus
Amzie Strickland
as Film Narrator
Ralph Roberts
as Blue Scarecrow
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Critic Reviews for Kotch

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Audience Reviews for Kotch

  • Nov 15, 2013
    It's very interesting to see Lemmon direct for the first and only time and decide to go with Matthau rather than an aged actor. Matthau of course always looked old but here he sometimes hits the mark and other times doesn't. I wonder if the lukewarm result prompted Lemmon not to direct anything else.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2008
    Touching film about an aging widower (Walter Matthau) whose contentious relationship with his family won't dampen his love for his infant grandson, or stop him from striking up a friendship with a pregnant, unwed teenage girl for whom he becomes a surrogate grandfather. Jack Lemmon's only film as a director may be a bit scattershot, but with the aid of a gorgeous Marvin Hamlisch score, he goes straight for the heart. Charming in every way.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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