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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12
Cast
Walter Matthau
Jack Lemmon
Ann-Margret
Sophia Loren.
Directors
Howard Deutch.
Screenwriters
Mark Steven Johnson.
Running Time
101 minutes

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Plot
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 ch


Review
There’s something irresistible about Walter Matthau delivering lines like, “You couldn’t catch crabs from a ten dollar hooker.” When said line is delivered to Jack Lemmon, it’s even better. The first Grumpathon managed to take this perfect comedy team and misplace the chemistry; the rematch finds the two on fine form however, trading barbs while wooing Ann Margret and the recently brought on-board Sophia Loren. The end titles once again feature the outtakes, most notably Burgess Meredith ad-libbing obscene references to phallic vegetables. No Odd Couple, but Lemmon and Matthau are on fine form.


Verdict
Warm but unassuming family comedy


Reviewed by Bob McCabe

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