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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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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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Grumpy Old Men 2  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$69,870,000 (USA)
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This was Burgess Meredith's last film. He died of complications of Alzheimer's disease on Sept.9th 1997. He was suffering at the time of this movie's filming and had to be coached during each scene in which he appeared. His acting talents are evident despite his failing mental faculties. See more »

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When Max and Maria are having dinner on the deck of the Ristorante, you can clearly see the sunset with just a few clouds in the sky. In less than 30 seconds, it starts pouring down rain. See more »

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[after Ariel kicks John out, and Max won't let him spend the night]
John Gustafson: I'm cold.
Max Goldman: [hands him some matches] Here's some matches. Set yourself on fire.
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Outtakes also show Walter Matthau and 'Jack Lemmon' both forgetting their lines, including the names of their characters' respective love interests. See more »

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Referenced in Queer as Folk: Move and Leave (2005) See more »

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'Maria' From 'West Side Story'
Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
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Lemmon and Matthau are at it again!
9 July 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Grumpier Old Men" is the equally funny sequel to "Grumpy Old Men". Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau return as John and Max, the longtime neighbors who in this movie have reconciled their friendship. Ann-Margret is back as Ariel, John's new wife. So is Burgess Meredith as Lemmon's horny dad, and also returning are Daryl Hannah and Kevin Pollak as Lemmon's daughter and Matthau's son who are now engaged to each other and their fathers help them out to plan their wedding with some bizarre ideas. But the real scene stealer in "Grumpier Old Men" is the wonderful Sophia Loren as the new Italian woman in Wabasha, Minnesota. Loren plans to turn the grumpy old men's beloved bait shop into a 'ristorante' as she puts it. The grumps don't like that one bit and try to drive her out of town, but ends up falling for Matthau. It's great to see Loren get an opportunity to do comedy, and she gets her share of big laughs throughout the film. This film and it's predecessor once again will remind you of what a great team Lemmon and Matthau made.

***1/2 (out of four)


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