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Lifelong rivals Max Goldman (Creator/WalterMatthau) and John Gustafson (Creator/JackLemmon) are now reluctant friends, with their children engaged to each other, and Gustafson enjoying his still-recent marriage to Ariel Truax (Ann-Margret). Both aging men are looking forward to the opening of the fishing season in their native Wabasha, Minnesota, to engage in their annual hunt of the "Catfish Hunter", the lake's largest catfish. To their disappointment, they learn that the only local bait shop is closing; Maria Ragetti (Creator/SophiaLoren), its new owner, is converting it to an Italian restaurant.

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Lifelong rivals Max Goldman (Creator/WalterMatthau) and John Gustafson (Creator/JackLemmon) are now reluctant friends, with their children engaged to each other, and Gustafson enjoying his still-recent marriage to Ariel Truax (Ann-Margret).(Creator/AnnMargret). Both aging men are looking forward to the opening of the fishing season in their native Wabasha, Minnesota, to engage in their annual hunt of the "Catfish Hunter", the lake's largest catfish. To their disappointment, they learn that the only local bait shop is closing; Maria Ragetti (Creator/SophiaLoren), its new owner, is converting it to an Italian restaurant.


Lifelong-rivals Max Goldman (Creator/WalterMatthau) and John Gustafson (Creator/JackLemmon) are now reluctant friends, with their children engaged to each other, and Gustafson enjoying his still-recent marriage to Ariel Truax (Ann-Margret). Both aging men are looking forward to the opening of the fishing season in their native Wabasha, Minnesota, to engage in their annual hunt of the "Catfish Hunter", the lake's largest catfish. To their disappointment, they learn that the only local bait shop is closing; Maria Ragetti (Creator/SophiaLoren), its new owner, is converting it to an Italian restaurant.

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Lifelong-rivals Lifelong rivals Max Goldman (Creator/WalterMatthau) and John Gustafson (Creator/JackLemmon) are now reluctant friends, with their children engaged to each other, and Gustafson enjoying his still-recent marriage to Ariel Truax (Ann-Margret). Both aging men are looking forward to the opening of the fishing season in their native Wabasha, Minnesota, to engage in their annual hunt of the "Catfish Hunter", the lake's largest catfish. To their disappointment, they learn that the only local bait shop is closing; Maria Ragetti (Creator/SophiaLoren), its new owner, is converting it to an Italian restaurant.


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* HeadTurningBeauty: Maria has this effect on every man around her. We first see it in the grocery store where she runs into Max and one rubber-necking man is pulled away by his displeased wife. Later when she shows up at the bar wearing a red dress with a good amount of cleavage, she again evokes this reaction from everyone there.

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* SilverFox: Ann-Margret reprises her role as Ariel, and Maria is played by the equally gorgeous Sophia Loren.


* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Allie (Melanie's daughter) appears to be around two or three years old in the first film, but in the sequel, which only takes place six months later, she looks to be around five or six. This is because this film was released two years after it's predecessor and Allie was played by the same actress (Katie Sagona) in both films.

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* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Allie (Melanie's daughter) appears to be around two or three years old in the first film, but in the sequel, which only takes place six months later, she looks to be around five or six. This is because this film was released two years after it's predecessor and Allie was played by the same actress (Katie Sagona) in both films.


* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Allie (Melanie's daughter) appears to be around one or two years old in the first film, but in the sequel, which only takes place six months later, she is recast and the new actress looks to be around five or six.

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* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Allie (Melanie's daughter) appears to be around one or two or three years old in the first film, but in the sequel, which only takes place six months later, she is recast and the new actress looks to be around five or six.six. This is because this film was released two years after it's predecessor and Allie was played by the same actress (Katie Sagona) in both films.


* ReallyGetsAround: It's revealed in the climax that [[spoiler: Maria has been married and divorced five times.]] Though it's rather due to dirtbag husbands rather than being promiscuous.

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* ReallyGetsAround: SerialSpouse: It's revealed in the climax that [[spoiler: Maria has been married and divorced five times.]] Though it's rather due to dirtbag husbands rather than being promiscuous.



* WeddingDay: [[spoiler:We're made to think it's Jacob's wedding, but it's really Max and Maria's.]]

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* WeddingDay: [[spoiler:We're WeddingBellsForSomeoneElse: At the end, [[spoiler:we're made to think it's Jacob's wedding, but it's really Max and Maria's.]]


* BelligerentSexualTension: Tons between Max and Maria.
-->'''Maria:''': Ox!
-->'''Max:''' ''Nag!''



* DecemberDecemberRomance: Max and Maria are both in their golden years as they fall in love.

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* DecemberDecemberRomance: Max and Maria are both in their golden years as they fall in love. Grandpa Gustafson and Mama Ragetti as well.


* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Ann-Margret (54) reprises her role as Ariel, and we also have Sophia Loren (61) playing the equally gorgeous Maria.

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** In the first film, Max put a dead fish in John and Arielís car after their wedding as a joke. In this one, John returns the favor by sneaking a dog into Max and Mariaís car after ''their'' wedding.


The film was a modest box office hit, earning $71,518,503 in the United States market. It was the 20th most successful film of its year. It's also notable as the swan song for actor Creator/BurgessMeredith (1907-1997), who reprised his role as John's father. Meredith had to retire from acting due to the effects from Alzheimer's disease and had trouble even completing this film.

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The film was a modest box office hit, earning $71,518,503 in the United States market. It was the 20th most successful film of its year. It's also notable as the swan song for actor Creator/BurgessMeredith (1907-1997), Creator/BurgessMeredith, who reprised his role as John's father. Meredith had to retire from acting due to the effects from Alzheimer's disease and had trouble even completing this film.


The film was a modest box office hit, earning $71,518,503 in the United States market. It was the 20th most successful film of its year. It's also notable as the swan song for actor Burgess Meredith (1907-1997), who reprised his role as John's father. Meredith had to retire from acting due to the effects from Alzheimer's disease and had trouble even completing this film.

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The film was a modest box office hit, earning $71,518,503 in the United States market. It was the 20th most successful film of its year. It's also notable as the swan song for actor Burgess Meredith Creator/BurgessMeredith (1907-1997), who reprised his role as John's father. Meredith had to retire from acting due to the effects from Alzheimer's disease and had trouble even completing this film.

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* IronicEcho: "Sometimes I wonder if... God forgot about me." [[spoiler:He eventually remembers.]]

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* ShaggyFrogStory: Grandpa tells John about how he's managed to outlive doctors who told him he'd die in his 60s from smoking and eating copious amounts of bacon, then wonders if "God forgot about me" before shrugging it off and saying "Well, it just goes to show you." John points out that saying that implies that the story had some kind of message, but Grandpa tells him it doesn't, he just likes telling it.


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* TheCatfishTheCatfish: A subplot involves Max and John trying to catch the "Catfish Hunter," a massive catfish that they've been after for decades. [[spoiler:They finally catch it near the end of the movie, but throw it back in the lake to be with John's father, who'd been trying to catch it even longer]]

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* CallBack: Maria repeats Max's "I'd rather kiss a dead moose's butt" from the first movie.

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