Grumpy Old Men
Release year: 1993
Director: Donald Petrie
Screenwriter: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Buck Henry, Steve Cochran
Gustafson (Lemmon) and Goldman (Matthau) are neighbours and life-long enemies, always bickering, fighting and playing tricks on each other. When the gorgeous Ariel (Ann-Margret) moves in across the street she catches both men’s eyes and rip up old wounds between the two.
Matthau (Charley Varrick, 1973) and Lemmon (The Apartment, 1960) has had great success over the years playing two men as different as night and day but still inseparable. They did it with the two Odd Couple movies and they did again with this charming comedy which was followed by a sequel in 1995. So great is their chemistry that even though they fight all the time, you can feel the connection between them; and one thing is sure, it never gets boring! Even if the ‘schmucks’ and ‘morons’ weren’t entertaining, the movie has plenty more to offer. The attractive Ann-Margret (Viva Las Vegas, 1964) is brilliant as the new neighbour breathing life back in to the two men, as well as into their lifelong feud, Gustafson’s tax problems and trouble avoiding the IRS agent and his rowdy dad, played excellently by Meredith (Rocky, 1976) provides great entertainment. It is a touching movie about love and friendship as well as a comedy where the two main characters may be old, but their comic timing is as fresh as anyone’s. In short, it’s a movie bound to make you smile.
The tune Walter Matthau’s character hums when he’s “on the prowl for love” is from Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.