Rated: PG-13 for sexual references. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: December 25, 1993 Released by: Warner Brothers
Finally, a comedy for an adult audience. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play retirees who thrive on an argument they've carried on for 50 years.
Living next door to one another in a small Minnesota town, they spy from their windows, call each other nasty names and play pranks that only children and old people can get away with.
The movie takes place during winter and the men busy themselves with ice fishing and complaining to anyone within earshot about their exaggerated ailments. It's a pretty lonely existence, that is, until Ariel moves in the house across the street and changes their lives drastically.
Ariel (played by Ann-Margret, who looks wonderful) is a free spirit; happy-go-lucky and adventuresome. She's a breath of fresh air and the men are bowled over by her refreshing beauty. Their rivalry intensifies over who will be the first to beat a path to her door.
There's also a terrific costarring cast to add to the fun. Ossie Davis plays a bait shop owner, Daryl Hannah is Lemmon's daughter, Burgess Meredith plays his feisty father and Kevin Pollack, who 's becoming one of my favorite second bananas, plays Matthau's son.
These two stars, with their rubbery, expressive faces, make very natural curmudgeons. They seem to delight in who can be the most bad-tempered and cantankerous, yet underneath all the name-calling and carrying-on, you just know that these guys really like each other.
It's wonderful to see Ann-Margret again. Having a female star who's sexy, vibrant, beautiful and over 40 is quite a treat. She truly lights up the screen.
Grumpy Old Men is a sweet, engaging and very funny film. Along with the current hit, Mrs. Doubtfire, it looks like this is going to be a very humorous holiday season; see them both and enjoy!!!
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