Grumpier Old Men
|Grumpier Old Men|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Howard Deutch|
|Produced by||John Davis
Richard C. Berman
|Written by||Mark Steven Johnson|
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Editing by||Billy Weber
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||101 minutes|
Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men. The film stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, and Sophia Loren, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Katie Sagona, Ann Morgan Guilbert. Grumpier Old Men was directed by Howard Deutch, with the screenplay written by Mark Steven Johnson and the original music score composed by Alan Silvestri. The film was Meredith's final motion picture appearance. He was already suffering from Alzheimer's disease and had to be gently coached through his role in the film.
There was a lifelong feud between Max (Walter Matthau) and John (Jack Lemmon) has cooled. Their children, Melanie (Daryl Hannah) and Jacob (Kevin Pollak), who grew up together, have become engaged after a brief relationship. Meanwhile, John is enjoying his marriage to wife Ariel (Ann-Margret).
The spring and summer fishing season is in full swing in Wabasha, Minnesota, with the annual quest to catch "Catfish Hunter", the lake's largest catfish, consuming the fishing community. However, the local bait shop closed after the death of its proprietor Chuck in the first film. New arrival to Wabasha, Maria Ragetti (Sophia Loren), has purchased the building with the intent of converting it into a fancy Italian restaurant. Max and John join forces to try to sabotage the restaurant. They are successful with their cruel practical jokes in keeping others away from trying Maria's restaurant. However when Ariel learns the truth, she tells John to apologize to Maria at once. He eventually does, but passes out at the restaurant. Max and Maria begin dating due to their shared passion in fishing, while Francesca (Ann Morgan Guilbert) dates John's father(Burgess Meredith).
To complicate things further, Jacob and Melanie's wedding plans are causing the couple stress because of their fathers' apparent inability to plan a proper wedding and call off their engagement. Upon hearing the news, John and Max call off their truce and reignite their feud. However, it causes Ariel stress to the point she leaves John and moves back into her old home with Melanie until he and Max calls off their feud. At the restaurant, Maria's mother, Francesca is worried that the more she spends time with Max, the more she'll get hurt by him. She reminds her daughter of her five failed marriages and her fears of him making it six. After being convinced to take a long look at herself, Maria reluctantly stops seeing Max at Francesca's request.
Distraught over losing Ariel, John heads down to the lake for his father, John Sr.'s advice. He becomes devastated when he finds he had died in the same fishing spot. John and Max calls off their feud again when they bond over John Sr. They help Jacob reconcile with Melanie, John reunites with Ariel and Max rekindles his relationship with Maria, whom he marries at the end of the movie.
As in Grumpy Old Men, several subplots are present in Grumpier Old Men. In addition to the sabotage of the restaurant and Max and John's poor wedding planning, Grandpa Gustafson again shows his perverted side. Unlike in the first film, where he had designs on most of the women of Wabasha, in the second film, Grandpa's perverted streak is largely due to his desire to have a relationship with Francesca Ragetti. At one point in the film, he succeeds, with Francesca finally being charmed by his overtures and dropping a rose into the water after his cremated remains are poured into the lake. A second subplot with Grandpa Gustafson concerns his advancing age, as he is 95 and remarks that God must have forgotten about him. (When he dies, John remarks "Looks like God remembered you, Pop.") In the first film, Melanie's daughter Allie was a toddler, but in the second film her character was advanced to grade school age and played by a different actress (even though it set in less time difference between the two films than allowable for the age gap), with added hints that she did not accept her mother's relationship with Jacob, but that had changed by the end of the movie.[vague]
- Walter Matthau as Max Goldman
- Jack Lemmon as John Gustafson Jr.
- Ann-Margret as Ariel Truax Gustafson
- Sophia Loren as Maria Sophia Coletta Raghetti Goldman
- Ann Morgan Guilbert as Francesca "Mama" Ragetti
- Burgess Meredith as John Gustafson Sr.
- Daryl Hannah as Melanie Gustafson
- Kevin Pollak as Jacob Goldman
- Katie Sagona as Allie (Melanie's daughter)
Grumpier Old Men grossed $71 million at the North American box office, against a production budget of $25 million. While some[who?] have said that this was less successful than the original, Grumpier Old Men beat its predecessor's total of $70 million and cost $10 million less to make than the original.
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