Odd Couple to the end.
Max Goldman: Good morning, dickhead. Grumpy Old Men
John Gustafson: Hello, moron.
is a 1993 comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It features two, well, grumpy old men
, John Gustafson (Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Matthau) who've been neighbors for over 50 years and bickering for most of it, all the while ice fishing on the local lake and putting up with their kids (John's daughter Melanie, played by Daryl Hannah
, and Max's son Jacob, played by Kevin Pollak) and John's nonagenarian father (Burgess Meredith). Then the pair's lives are turned upside down by a new neighbor named Ariel (Ann-Margaret), and their old feud goes all out to try and win her hand.
The movie's success spawned a sequel, Grumpier Old Men
, which gave Max a love interest in Maria (Sophia Loren
), and revived the old Lemmon-Matthau tandem for one more run in the '90s, including movies such as The Grass Harp
, Out To Sea
, and The Odd Couple II
, thirty years after their original movie together.note
Not to be confused with the British talk show of the same name.
This film and its sequel provide examples of:
- Badass Grandpa: Grandpa Gustafson definitely counts.
- Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: Variant - John brings beer to his dad at his ice shanty. Grandpa takes one out of the six-pack and hands it to John, then takes the rest inside and shuts the door.
- Dirty Old Man: Grandpa Gustafson had more Unusual Euphemisms for sex than your average Fark.com thread.
- Exact Words: John kisses Ariel after a nice evening at his house, surprising her and himself. She backs off and says it's time for bed, then heads for the door. After berating himself ("Dumb, dumb, dumb.") he follows her to apologize:
John: Ariel, I... *sees her locking the door* I thought you said...
Ariel: I said, "It's time for bed."
- Grumpy Old Man: Many of them, naturally. Max and John are the main ones, but there's also Chuck and John's father.
- Hilarious Outtakes: The first film has an epic blooper reel before the credits, including a great stinger:
Max (in a bathtub): If I had know there was gonna be a nude scene in this picture, I would've asked for another million.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: The outtakes feature take after take of Burgess Meredith making euphemisms for Chuck getting some action.
- Intimidating Revenue Service: The first movie's subplot involves the IRS repossessing John's house to pay back taxes.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Ariel.
- Mood Whiplash: Does a serious turn when Chuck dies.
- Minnesota Nice: Averted, with the titular duo spending all of their time insulting each other and pulling cruel pranks at one another's expense. Or maybe just played with, as by the end they're shown to be Vitriolic Best Buds.
- The Reveal: Both movies have one:
- In the first, John has a heart attack and is very weak in the hospital talking to Ariel. That's the last we see of him, up until the end, where Jake, Max, and John's dad talk reverently about him outside of a church, leading the viewer to believe he's dead. But then they pull off their coats inside to reveal tuxes; what the viewer believes is John's funeral is actually his wedding to Ariel.
- In the second, Jake is ambivalent about marrying Melanie, but it appears that he finally decided to marry her in the end...until it's revealed at the church that the wedding isn't Jake and Melanie's, but Max's and Maria's. They even lampshade it by mentioning they eloped beforehand.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Several examples, but the crowning one has to be a cheery little polka number going on after Max loses his beloved Green Hornet fishing pole under the ice, and searches despondently (and hopelessly) for it. Naturally, John later fishes it up and anonymously returns it to him.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Snyder of the IRS is just doing his job, trying to collect back taxes John owes. And (off-screen) he is actually fairly reasonable - Jacob talks him into waiving the late fees if the original amount owed is paid. Doesn't stop Max from insulting him and playing a few hilarious practical jokes on him.
Max: Hey, Snyder, why don't you do the world a favor? Pull your lip over your head and swallow!
Snyder: Ha ha! (under his breath) Asshole.