Grumpier Old Men

1995

Comedy / Romance

4
IMDb Rating 6.6

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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 4

Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) and John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) are still combative while maintaining their truce. John is married to Ariel (Ann-Margret) now and his father (Burgess Meredith) is still spry. Everybody is chasing after the big fish Catfish Hunter. Meanwhile, their children Melanie (Daryl Hannah) and Jacob (Kevin Pollak) are planning to get married. Newcomer Maria Ragetti (Sophia Loren) arrives in Wabasha to buy the bait shop and turn it into an Italian restaurant. It's a continuation that's missing much of the fun. It is contrived. It's great to see these great actors working together but that's all I got out of it. I found very few laughs.

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Reviewed by SimonJack 9

The first go round was such a hit, that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau got together for this sequel to the 1993 smash hit, &quot;Grumpy Old Men.&quot; And &quot;Grumpier Old Men&quot; is every bit as good as the first film. It has some new characters and the scene changes from winter to summer, then winter and spring. <br/><br/>Most reviewers don&#39;t talk about the surprise of the wedding in the first film. And I won&#39;t do that for that film or this one. John (Lemmon) and Max (Matthau) team up for a time in the movie to plan the wedding of their daughter and son, Melanie and Jacob (played by Daryl Hannah and Kevin Pollak). And, later, to try to thwart the conversion of their bait shop into an Italian restaurant. <br/><br/>Sophia Loren is the added ingredient for much humor as Maria Sophia Coletta Ragetti. She&#39;s a cousin of &quot;Spaghetti&quot; Ragetti, whom John and Max know. Her mother is in the picture, Mama Ragetti, played by Ann Morgan Guilbert. And, grandpa Gustafson is back, with Burgess Meredith now a couple years older. He tells son, John, as they sit by the lake drinking beer, that he sometimes thinks God has forgotten about him. The hijinks and capers in this film include some hilarious pranks the two friendly enemies pull on the Ragettis. <br/><br/>As with the original film, this one supposedly takes place in Wabasha, Minnesota. While it is a real town on the Mississippi River border with Wisconsin, the filming for this and the earlier movie was done in a number of places around that area of southeastern Minnesota. So, anyone going to Wabasha won&#39;t find the fishing lake, the town overlook or some other scenes shown in these films. <br/><br/>With the 10 films they made together – especially the nine comedies, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have delighted audiences for decades. May they outlive Catfish Hunter and continue amuse people for decades to come.

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Reviewed by gavin6942 7

John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max&#39;s attention.<br/><br/>We often expect sequels to be weaker than the original. But sometimes we may be pleasantly surprised. In this sequel, the &quot;grumpy old men&quot; are still up to their old tricks, going after each other and teaming up to close down a restaurant. Some of it may be a bit far-fetched (in real life, a store owner would get the cops involved) but it&#39;s good fun.<br/><br/>Sadly, the film has the distinction of being Burgess Meredith&#39;s final film. On the plus side, he really goes out with a bang. His acting and delivery of witty lines is top notch, and the film does a great job of hiding his Alzheimer&#39;s. You can really feel the talent in his character.

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