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Grumpier Old Men (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  22 December 1995 (USA)
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John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max's attention.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allie, Melanie's Daughter
Mama Ragetti (as Ann Guilbert)
James Andelin ...
Marcus Klemp ...
Eddie, Assistant Manager
County Health Inspector
Wayne A. Evenson ...
Handsome Hans
Allison Levine ...
Assistant at Dog Pound


Things don't seem to change much in Wabasha County: Max and John are still fighting after 35 years, Grandpa still drinks, smokes, and chases women , and nobody's been able to catch the fabled "Catfish Hunter", a gigantic catfish that actually smiles at fishermen who try to snare it. Six months ago John married the new girl in town (Ariel), and people begin to suspect that Max might be missing something similar in his life. The only joy Max claims is left in his life is fishing, but that might change with the new owner of the bait shop. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Still Yelling. Still Fighting. Still Ready For Love.


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Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendos | See all certifications »

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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grumpy Old Men 2  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$69,870,000 (USA)

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Max and John have for years been trying to catch a catfish they call "Catfish Hunter". It is named for Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter. See more »


During Grandpa's first scene, his cigarette and beer swap hands briefly. See more »


Mama Ragetti: We could have retired in Hawaii.
Grandpa Gustafson: I have been to Hawaii.
Mama Ragetti: Oh yeah? Which island?
Grandpa Gustafson: Come-on-I-wanna-lay-ya.
Mama Ragetti: I find you disgusting.
Grandpa Gustafson: Well, just as long as you find me.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are run beneath the closing credits, including Burgess Meredith giving many different bawdy names for the Hawaiian island he visited, and the line he uses to invite Maria's mother back to his room. See more »


References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »


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Better than the first one.
24 November 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

While "Grumpy" was enjoyable, I think "Grumpier" is the better overall movie. More attention is given to the supporting characters, the plot is slightly more complex, the lines are better, the jokes are better, and Lemmon and Matthau once again give excellent performances. Granted, this still isn't as good as it could be, but I think it's a noticeable step up from the original. I really don't get all the negativity toward it... come on, people, it's just a silly comedy. Lighten up.

Speaking of negativity, another reviewer, whom I won't name here (oh all right, it's John Ulmer), seems to think this movie is nothing more than a "shouting match," and is concerned about the age difference between the Old Men and their lady friends. I disagree on both points. The dialogue doesn't have as much shouting this time around, and Matthau's girl is most certainly NOT "fortysomething." Believe it or not, she was 61 at the time, and I must say it's quite amazing how good she looks for a woman her age (Matthau was 75--a pretty big age difference, true, but I can't imagine there's a lot of men to choose from when you're single and in your 60s!). I hate to chastise another reviewer like this, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

So in conclusion... it's a good movie. Doesn't deserve its bad rap.

7/10 stars.

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