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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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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)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$69,870,000 (USA)
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Another sequel titled "Grumpiest Old Men" was planned. It was to be filmed in Rome and feature Marcello Mastroianni as Maria's former husband who contests her marriage to Max on the grounds that their divorce was never finalized. But the film was canceled due to the box-office failures of Out to Sea (1997) The Odd Couple II (1998). See more »

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When John and Max release the guinea pig into the restaurant, the health inspector starts to write Maria a citation for having a rat. She picks it up and recognizes what it is. She can't think of the name, but her mother does. This is unlikely, since her mother's English isn't nearly as good as Maria's. See more »

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Max Goldman: If my dog was as ugly as you, I'd shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards.
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Jump In The Line (Shake Señora)
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Performed by Harry Belafonte
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Who would have ever guessed that it's the same place?
3 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

For the most part, "Grumpier Old Men" is pretty silly. Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) and John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) are still at each other's throats when Italian immigrant Maria Ragetti (Sophia Loren) arrives in town and throws everything into flux. What actually struck me most about the movie was how different the town looked in this one from the original. Obviously, it was a different time of year, but maybe the different look was meant to show how everything might be changing in the town.

Other than that, Ann-Margret returns as Ariel, and she's still as free-spirited and vivacious as she was in the original. Burgess Meredith - in his final role - is still the grandfather who can exercise absolute authority over the youngsters, although he now has the hots for Maria's mother (Ann Morgan Guilbert, aka Millie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"). Kevin Pollak and Daryl Hannah also reprise their roles from the original...ah, and there's that fish.

All in all, a fairly interesting movie. Not any kind of masterpiece, but it showed that Lemmon and Matthau still had it.


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