Director(s): Donald Petrie
IMDB Rating: 6.8
John and Max are elderly men living next door to each other. Theyre continuously arguing and insulting each other, and have been this way for over 50 years. One day, Ariel, moves into the street. Both men are attracted to her, and their rivalry steps up a gear.
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(19 May 2013)
I loved this movie when I first saw it in the theater. It was released on Christmas Day 1993, which was perfect timing. It has a nice, warm Christmas "feel" to it. And lots of snow. Jack and Walter are great again (as usual). Lots of good-natured gags throughout. (The fish-rotting-in-the-back-seat gags are a standout! Matthau's reaction to the horrific-smelling trout is hysterical!) Keep it running at the end for that hilarious outtake reel. Burgess Meredith is a riot. Great fun!
(19 May 2013)
This review is from: Grumpy Old Men (DVD) I love Grumpy Old Men. Is one of my favorite comedys. I've watched this movie a zillion times. Had to have the DVD! Who hasn't seen this movie? If you want to laugh (and cry) you gotta see it! So get with program!! :) Come on...who's funnier than Jack Lemmon or Walter Matthau? The 2 of then together in a movie....THAT'S WHAT!! I actually know 2 grumpy old men like that. LOL
(16 May 2013)
Without a doubt this is one of the best, if not The Best, movie with the Walter Matthau / Jack Lemmon duo. Endless fun, lots of laughs. But the Blu-Ray edition literally sucks. The video is in 1080p, however, is it HD? --> Far from itAudio is 2-channel Dolby Digital --> so 80sThis Blu-Ray version does not come with any extras worth mentioning. No commentaries, no interviews, no previews (which is actually good), and only Blu-Ray Profile 1.0.The movie definitely deserves 5 stars, and there is no reason why this movie should have less than 5 stars only because the Blu-Ray version turned out to be a shame.
(16 May 2013)
This is a fun little film that one never tires of, really. But, also, don't forget...both of these guys are Oscar-winning actors, and there are definite moments in this film that we see exactly why. For instance, how about the look on Walter Matheau's face when the nurse at the hospital asks him "family or friend, sir?" Brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it...good stuff.
(13 May 2013)
This review is from: Grumpy Old Men (Amazon Instant Video) I love the way Jack and Walter fight back and forth like only two old men can do. It's positively hillarious.
(13 May 2013)
Well, if you look at the packaging the only special feature is the trailer. (Woo hoo! It's about time!)I'm not sure if they're finally releasing it in its deserved widescreen because the packaging doesn't say one way or the other. (The antici....pation is killing me!)But it will have 2 English language tracks! And BOTH in 2.0! (Man, you guys really went all out!) Well, to give the studio credit, one of the tracks is lossless HD, so you won't have to listen to all that horrible hissing noise you will (not) hear (anyway) on that rusty old Dolby Digital track.So let's review all the great features missing from this disk: No commentary track. No documentaries. No interviews. No French or Spanish language tracks. (But there are French and Spanish subtitles for the kids to enjoy reading) Nada. Zero. Zilch. Zip. And the trailer. (Haaaaaleluja!)Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Two of the greatest film actors of the 20th century in the greatest movie of their twilight years and this is all the respect they get?Warner Bros. ... you suck.
(30 April 2013)
My bargain-rack movie for last night was "Grumpy Old Men" starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margaret. I found it on the five-dollar rack at Wal-Mart and jumped at the chance to buy it. Lemmon and Matthau are two of my favorite old-line comedians. I remembered when the show first came out and I missed it because of an overly busy schedule. Well, these two "Senior Comedians" play a couple of aging Middle-School chums to perfection. All the middle school insulting language and pranks are still there even though these guys have aged an additional 55 years and each has gone through a marriage. Now they're both bachelors again and living next to one another in their well-aged middle-school condition. It's funny. Trust me. And they bring it off well, right from the opening all the way through. The scene is complicated by the arrival of a new woman (Ann-Margaret) in the neighborhood, something of a rivalry romance develops and it's right back to the good-old high-school days when they were sparring over a different girl.Add to the story that everything took place in a Minnesota winter. It made me realize how much I enjoyed the winters in this part of the country and how boring things are in San Diego winters. Alas, It was a good setting and had a lot of winter activities such as snowmobiles and ice fishing. The winter scenery was very well done. Just as I remembered. Nice touch. The acting was excellent and the story unfolded at a nice pace. The romance between Lemmon and Ann-Margaret seemed a bit unrealistic, but hey, this is a comedy. In any case, I'm now 76 and they were 68, and I winced here and there but thoroughly enjoyed the movie.Gary Peterson
(30 April 2013)
This review is from: Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men (DVD) These are hilarious movies. And I received them in perfect condition and I didn't have to wait long at all to get them. thanks.
(27 April 2013)
This review is from: Grumpy Old Men (Amazon Instant Video) This is one movie that everyone should watch, a funny movie that is not stupid, Lemmon and Ann Margaret are great in this movie, it is one of the last funny movies that I have seen in quite awhile.
(27 April 2013)
First off, I must show an obvious bias toward this movie. The setting is Wabasha, Minnesota. It IS NOT a fictional place. It is located about halfway between St. Paul, MN and LaCrosse, WI on US-61, which is one of the most scenic highways in America, especially in the autumn. My mother was raised in Wabasha, and my late father born and raised 15 miles away in Lake City, which is where my mother lives today. It is where I actually call my "home away from home." So of course, there are many aspects of the movie I can personally relate to, like the real Slippery's in Wabasha, which in real life is much classier than a throw-your-peanut-shells-on-the-floor tavern. The people living in this area are very down to earth and friendly, and for many, fishing and snowmobiling in winter is a way of life as portrayed in this movie. The city of Wabasha (population 2600) has so exploited the "grumpy flicks" they now host a Grumpy Old Men Festival every February! How cool is that???Now considering these facts, Max Goldman (played by Walter Matthau) and John Gustafson (played by Jack Lemmon) truly exemplify the persona of real life in Wabasha, with the twist being these two very schmucky widowers who having known each other since childhood, living next door to each other most of their lives, and still have NEVER gotten along with each other. That's when the lovely Ariel Truax (played by Ann Margaret) moves into the house across the street while accepting a faculty position at Winona State University (where my late father actually went to college) some 30 miles away. This sends the two "grumpys" into an infatuated tizzy, and they both put on their best impression in schmoozing her, with the grumpy old man Gustafson finally winning out. The movie is complete with off-the-wall pranks and schmucky humor, and John Gustafson's dad (played by Burgess Meredith), in his second-to-last acting role, is an absolute scream with his antics. Some of the language contained herein is rather vulgar, and I would not recommend anyone younger than age 17 to watch it unless with a parent. A wonderful romantic comedy to be enjoyed over and over again!
anonymous (25 April 2013)
A truly enjoyable film. Great acting. Subtle humour. The sequel is equallyas good. Long may Putz & Moron live.
ross robinson (25 April 2013)
Grumpy old men has got to be a class comedy film, i think it is abrilliantcomedy movie. This was made in 1993, and this had the main stars withJackLemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ann Margaret. Overall i give this movie 8 outof10.
(22 April 2013)
Ya, it said widescreen on the product details, so I thought,FINALLY, I can get rid of my letter boxed lazer disc versions of these two movies...Boy did I get a wrong number.Amazon'sproduct details are wrong.These two features are full screen!NOT wide screen.I called Amazon's customer service(800-201-7575)and they were happy to refund my money,as soon as I returnedthe disc.Oh, by the way,at Warner home video this disc is listedas FULL SCREEN(as of 8/30/06).I'm still waiting for the widescreen version.
(21 April 2013)
I always loved Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. They're never die from myheart. I loved to see them together in the film. Of course, I've got lotsof such films in my hand now and definitely only from this Amazon.com, my DVD shopping heaven.I loved you too, Amazon.com, for a really great service and keeping them Alive!.
(18 April 2013)
GRUMPY OLD MEN is full of so many cliches and scenes we've witnessed for many cinematic years, but it's a fun film anyway. Watching seasoned pros like Jack Lemmon, Burgess Meredith and Walter Matthau do what they do best is always worth the price of admission or purchase. Ann-Margret who is aging wonderfully brings a sense of la dolce vita to these crusty old men's drab lives, and Kevin Pollak and Daryl Hannah add some youthful exuberance as well. Ossie Davis is also fine as a store owner who is the first to accept Margret's invitation to enjoy life to the fullest. With a snowy Minnesota background and some fun scenes, GRUMPY OLD MEN is a delightfully entertaining film, and only serves to remind us of the losses of some of these fine actors.
(18 April 2013)
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau rank among the greatest on-screen duos of all time, and this movie is a great example of their brilliant chemistry. They're both very capable dramatic actors, and each has an Academy Award as proof, but their signature trademark will always be their comedic ability.In this movie, Lemmon and Matthau play the roles of John and Max, respectively. John and Max have been next-door neighbors their whole lives, and though they have an extremely hostile love/hate relationship, they remain each other's best friend. Their hostility stems from decades before when John wound up marrying the girl they both loved. Both are now widowers who live alone in their separate houses, and a woman named Ariel (Ann-Margret) moves into the house across the street. Both men are immediately smitten by Ariel, and it leads to a rehashing of the same hostile feelings they once held for each other in their youth.While the plot may seem like heavy material, it really isn't. The story is presented in a extremely touching yet light-hearted way. Both John and Max are extremely loveable, and the audience is made to feel sorry for them because both are lonely in their old age. The only flaw in this movie is in the plausability of Ariel actually having romantic feelings for either of these two men. She's a relatively young woman and energetic woman, and the fact that she has these two old men fighting for her attention doesn't seem quite believable.Regardless, this is an excellent movie that I definitely recommend.
(14 April 2013)
Funny and interesting movie which tells us no matter how old, everyone has the chance to be happy if you keep healthy and active.
(14 April 2013)
[CONTAINS SPOILERS] Our story opens in the little town of Wabashaw, Minnesotainearly winter. On one street lives John Gustafson and MaxGoldman.They've been the best of enemies for 50 years. Always greetingeachother with insults and in competition in pretty much everything.Butthere's one thing John and Max have in common: they love fishing.Theyhave their ice shanties set up on the frozen lake. But little didthesemen know that something would come along that would change theirlivesfor the better, for someone new was moving into the neighborhood.It was a beautiful, red-headd middle aged woman named Ariel Truax.Shepaid John a visit in the dead of night and rode her snow mobile upanddown the street every other night. From then on, John and Max tried to win Ariel over. Eventheirfriend Chuck who ran the bait shop took a liking to her, asJohn'sgeriatric father pointed out hilariously. Though John and Maxdidn'tlike each other, their kids, John's daugter Melanie and Max'ssonJacob, were taking a liking to each other. The hijinx between John and Max continue when Max towesJohn'sshanty onto thin ice, or when Max changed John's TV channel rightwhenthey announced lottery numbers. Soon came Christmas and John fellill.Their relationship was in the balance. Max visited him in thehospitalas a friend and helped ward off IRS agents come to reposessJohn'shouse. And before long, a wedding day arrived. The wedding ofJohnand Ariel. Max hid a little surprise in their limo as they droveoff:a fish. John had pulled that same trick on Max earlier. So ourstoryhas a happy ending and we can see a small friendship between JohnandMax. A very small one. Well, what can I say? Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmonarepriceless together. And Burgess Meredith adds a hilarious touchasGrandpa Gustafson. Other familiar faces include Kevin Pollak asJacobGoldman, Daryl Hannah as Melanie Gustafson, and Ann-Margeret asAriel.Ariel was a real pile, I think. But John and Max were crazy abouther.So if you're a fan of any of these people, I recommend Grumpy OldMen!-
(14 April 2013)
I LOVE these guys and I am 25! I think they are so funny, great family film. It is great for all ages (well maybe not youngsters). I would recommend anybody watching it!
(13 April 2013)
This review is from: Grumpy Old Men (DVD) Jack Lemmon is good in this movie, really enjoyed it and glad we added it to our collection of movies.
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