Grumpy Old Men

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Warner Bros. Released 1993

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Director:
Donald Petrie
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG-13

Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 comedy starring Jack Lemmon (Some Like it Hot, The Out-of-Towners) and Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple, The Bad News Bears). The film follows a pair of elderly bachelors who happen to be neighbors and life long friends turned enemies. Their friendship seems to be based on constant arguing and rivalry. Their constant competition with one another is taken up a notch when a when beautiful single woman, Ariel (Ann-Margret), moves across the street from the both of them. As an artist, she's full of love and instantly falls for John (Lemmon). But after the two have a horrible fight she decides that maybe Max (Matthau) is actually the better fit. The grumpy jealousy between the two is taken to an all time high. They partake in games of deception with one another in hopes to prove to Ariel that the other man is a complete buffoon. The witty dialogue and hilarious performances made this film an instant success and comedy classic.

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  • 80

    The New York Times

    Grumpy Old Men is the kind of holiday movie a lot of people are searching for. It's cheerful, it's well under two hours and it doesn't concern any major social blights, unless you ...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    If you're young enough to have missed some of the better Lemmon-Matthau pairings, like "The Fortune Cookie" or "The Odd Couple," then Grumpy Old Men won't seem so grumpy. [25 Dec 1...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is too pat and practiced to really be convincing, and the progress of Ariel's relationships with the two grumps seems dictated mostly by the needs of the screenplay. But ...

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