Monday, 16 November 2009

Grumpier Old Men

Between them, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have an illustrious career of collaborations that resulted in some of the finer displays of acting I have had the privilege of witnessing. Grumpier Old Men, from 1995 - the ebb of their careers - is not such a film.
A sequel to Grumpy Old Men from a couple of years before, Grumpier is your classic sequel: It continues from where its predecessor left off and it doesn't add anything new. Lemmon and Matthau continue to be the two bitter rivals that pretend to hate one another but can't live without the other. This time, their glue comes from their respective daughter and son getting married. They're also united against a new invader to town, Sophia Loren, who threatens to rob them of their favorite bait shop and establish an Italian restaurant instead.
From then on, the plot develops in a manner that cannot be more predictable. The relationship between the two leads revolves around them mainly calling one another names, rendering this so called comedy into a really bland and boring affair. The only thing attracting me to Grumpier Old Men was the ongoing notion that a film with these two characters cannot be that bad (yet it is) and the expectation that things cannot be that predictable (yet they are).
Overall: It's sad to have Lemmon and Matthau's talents wasted on material such as this. 1 out of 5 stars.

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