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GRUMPIER OLD MEN

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Grumpier Old Men

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Jack Lemmon, Sophia Loren, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak
director:
Howard Deutch
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B

GRUMPIER OLD MEN (Warner Bros., PG-13) The squabbling Minnesotans played by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon have only improved with age. The original Grumpy Old Men was a flimsy string of put-downs and practical jokes, but the sequel provides plenty more plot: Sophia Loren joins the cast as an Italian dish who turns Matthau into a love-struck fool, the war between Matthau and Lemmon reignites when the engagement between their odd-couple kids (Kevin Pollak and Daryl Hannah) hits the skids, and Lemmon’s randy dad (Burgess Meredith) seduces Loren’s superstitious mom. Lemmon gracefully plays the straight man, setting up the big yuks for expert muggers Matthau and Meredith (who’s even funnier — and filthier — than he was in the first film). The Grumpy movies are geriatric equivalents of Matthau’s milestone in kiddie profanity, The Bad News Bears — you’re shocked and delighted to hear senior citizens cursing this colorfully. B