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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Grumpy Old Men review

Through cinema history there have been amazing comedic duos. Laurel and Hardy might jump to mind or Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. My all time favorite comedic duo though are two actors who both have appeared in great movies and together always are a joy to watch: Walther Matthau and Jack Lemmon. This is the movie which started my appreciation of their work and made me check out a lot of their earlier stuff.

They play two neighbours, John Gustafson (Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Matthau), who haven’t been the best of friends for a long time. They always try to do something to annoy the other (like leaving a fish to rot in a car). When a new neighbour arrives, Ariel Truax (Ann-Margret) the rivalry even takes on a more extreme form as they both want to win the heart of this energetic woman, who pushes them both to try out things they have never done before. It results in a movie filled with funny situations, some which may be silly or childish, but it’s that simple kind of humour which makes it so entertaining to watch. It’s all innocent stuff, which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Matthau and Lemmon play off each other well and they make you believe these two people really can’t stand each other. They give a humanity to the roles they are playing, two elderly men who suddenly feel part of their youth come back. The movie hardly makes jokes about their age and more about the situation they are in. If there is another actor worth mentioning, it is Burgess Meredith, who plays Lemmon’s father. All of his lines are funny and the outtakes at the end of the movie the funniest there are. This movie didn’t break new ground and hasn’t got a mind blowing story, but it is very good entertainment and a joy to (re)watch.

Category: Comedy, Drama, Movies, Romance
  • Erin @ RiffsAndReviews says:

    One of my favorite movies; these two were magic on screen together – lovable curmudgeons.

    February 5, 2013 at 3:37 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, they were such a joy to watch. I think there are still a couple of their movies together I haven’t watched yet.

      February 6, 2013 at 9:49 am
  • Tyson Carter says:

    Love these two together! Nice job Nostra :)

    February 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Tyson, happy to see others appreciate them!

      February 6, 2013 at 9:49 am
  • Morgan R. Lewis says:

    Grumpy Old Men was a great film. Tremendously funny. Nice review, Nostra.

    February 6, 2013 at 5:52 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Morgan!

      February 6, 2013 at 9:49 am
  • Steph says:

    I really liked this movie too. I agree that these two actors play off each other beautifully.

    February 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Have you seen other movies they did together Steph?

      February 7, 2013 at 9:33 am
  • Chris says:

    A highlight of Grumpy old Men is when Lemmon sits by the tv and Matthau teases him with the remote, love that scene :)

    February 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, that is a very funny scene. Such a juvenile prank to pull, but it’s enjoyable to watch every time!

      February 7, 2013 at 9:33 am
  • Anonymous says:

    Jack Lemmon may be one of my favorite actors and I loved him in this….nice review Nostra!!

    February 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm
    • Chris says:

      Jack Lemmon may be one of my favorite actors and I loved him in this….nice review Nostra!!

      February 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm
      • Nostra says:

        Yeah, he was such an amazing actor and has shown in other movies he was also great at dramas.

        February 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  • ruth says:

    Been a while since I saw this but always fun to watch as it’s filmed in Minnesota. I almost hired a wedding photographer who lived across the street from the house used in this film.

    February 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm
    • Nostra says:

      What a coincedence! This is one of those movies I just have to rewatch every couple of years.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

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