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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Director:
Donald Petrie
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Gretne gamle gubber
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
John Davis
Richard C. Berman
Screenwriter:
Mark Steven Johnson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
John Gustafson Jr. Jack Lemmon
Max Goldman Walter Matthau
Ariel Truax Gustafson Ann-Margret
John Gustafson Sr. Burgess Meredith
Melanie Gustafson Daryl Hannah
Jacob Goldman Kevin Pollak
Chuck Ossie Davis
Elliott Snyder Buck Henry
Mike Christopher McDonald
Weatherman Steve Cochran
Pharmacist Joe Howard
Moving Man John Carroll Lynch

 

Review

This guilty pleasure for seniors had one of Hollywood history's most celebrated screen couples enjoying a well-deserved swan song alongside the feisty Ann-Margret. As directed by the breezy Donald Petrie, the film goes unabashedly for every cheap point in the book, but it does so with heart and irresistable charm. And although most of the humour is based on old people acting too unworthy or raucous for someone their age, which may seem like an immature formula for someone with Lemmon's and Matthau's stature, it works almost to perfection, because there's nothing more fun than watching supposedly honourable senior citizens debasing themselves. At least not when it's done with this amount of conviction and obvious enjoyment by everyone involved. Followed by the sequel Grumpier Old Men in 1995.

Copyright 05.01.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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