Michael Sauter
June 24, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Grumpy Old Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Ann-Margret, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
director
Donald Petrie
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Putting a grumpy spin on their old odd-couple act, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play neighbors whose lifelong feud escalates when they vie for the new widow on the block (Ann-Margret) in Grumpy Old Men. Their stiff-jointed slapstick (including a flailing fight on a frozen pond) is only mildly amusing, though the chemistry still works when the boys stick to verbal sparring. Gradually, however, the movie’s tone shifts from curt and curmudgeonly to soft and sincere: By the time Lemmon recovers from a Christmas Eve coronary, the fellows have become happy old friends. They were more fun as enemies. B-

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