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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.

Director:

Howard Deutch

Writers:

Mark Steven Johnson (characters), Mark Steven Johnson
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Max Goldman
Jack Lemmon ... John Gustafson
Sophia Loren ... Maria Sophia Coletta Ragetti
Ann-Margret ... Ariel Gustafson
Burgess Meredith ... Grandpa Gustafson
Daryl Hannah ... Melanie Gustafson
Kevin Pollak ... Jacob Goldman
Katie Sagona ... Allie, Melanie's Daughter
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Mama Ragetti (as Ann Guilbert)
James Andelin James Andelin ... Sven
Marcus Klemp Marcus Klemp ... Eddie, Assistant Manager
Max Wright ... County Health Inspector
Cheryl Hawker ... Lena
Wayne A. Evenson Wayne A. Evenson ... Handsome Hans
Allison Levine Allison Levine ... Assistant at Dog Pound
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Still Yelling. Still Fighting. Still Ready For Love.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grumpy Old Men 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$69,870,000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Max visits Maria as she is fishing, he pulls aside her boat which is sitting silently in the water. As they finish their chat, somehow Maria's engine magically starts running and she motors away. Kind of tricky for a "pull start" outboard to do without someone actually pulling the cord. See more »

Quotes

[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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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 »

Connections

References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

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The Chicken Dance
Written by Terry Rendall and Werner Thomas
Performed by Wally Olson Band
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Better than the first one.
24 November 2004 | by Chromium_5See 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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