Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Lemmon and Matthau Movie #5 (Gaaa – I HATE it when my movie themes overlap into a second month!)

Synopsis: Weird old farts quarrel over the world’s most desperate attractive older lady. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Next-door neighbours John Gustafson and Max Goldman are Grumpy Old Men. And since they’re played by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, they’re also Funny Old Men.” 

What Did I Learn?: If you ever find yourself hopelessly in debt to Uncle Sam, you can always count on the next-door neighbour you’ve addressed as “moron” each day for the past 50 years to come to your rescue. 

Really?: So wait – Ariel (Ann-Margret) is an attractive university professor, who could presumably date any number of eligible older (or even younger) men, and she only has eyes for the lonely old widower across the street? Oh, and I had a bit of trouble believing Jacob would allow his father to be hit with a small avalanche of falling ice and snow as part of a series of tit-for-tat pranks. See “What Did I Learn?” 

Rating: Grumpy Old Men has a few laughs, but it’s basically 104 minutes of Lemmon and Matthau calling each other “moron” and “dickhead” while they attempt to romance the new neighbour who apparently has no other suitors. Meh. 6/10 stars. 

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