Grumpier Old Men

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Grumpier Old Men
Grumpier old menposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Howard Deutch
Produced by John Davis
Richard C. Berman
Written by Mark Steven Johnson
Starring Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Ann-Margret
Ann Guilbert
Sophia Loren
Kevin Pollak
Daryl Hannah
Burgess Meredith
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Edited by Billy Weber
Seth Flaum
Maryann Brandon
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • December 22, 1995 (1995-12-22)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Italian
Budget $25 million
Box office $71,518,503

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.

Plot[edit]

The feud between Max (Walter Matthau) and John (Jack Lemmon) has cooled, and their children, Melanie (Daryl Hannah) and Jacob (Kevin Pollak), have become engaged. Meanwhile, John is enjoying his marriage to new wife Ariel (Ann-Margret).

The spring and summer fishing season is in full swing with the annual quest to catch "Catfish Hunter," a rather large catfish. However, the local bait shop closes; Maria Ragetti (Sophia Loren) has purchased the property with the intent of converting it into a fancy Italian restaurant.

Irritated it will no longer be a bait shop, Max and John join forces to sabotage the restaurant. However, when Ariel learns what is going on, she tells John to apologize to Maria at once. He eventually does, but faints at the restaurant. Max and Maria begin dating due to their shared passion in fishing, while her mother Francesca (Ann Morgan Guilbert) dates John's father (Burgess Meredith).

To complicate things further, Jacob and Melanie call off their engagement due to stress. Upon hearing the news, John and Max reignite their feud. Ariel is stressed out because of it and leaves John.

At the restaurant, Francesca is worried about all the time Maria spends with Max. She reminds her daughter of her five failed marriages. After being convinced to take a long look at herself, Maria reluctantly stops seeing him.

Distraught over losing Ariel, John heads to the lake for his father's advice, but he is dead. Following the funeral, John and Max call off their feud again. After realizing that their own inability to properly plan a wedding is what drove their kids to call it off, they decide to set it right. They help Jacob reconcile with Melanie, and manage to catch "Catfish Hunter" and release it, then clarify their own drama. Max marries Maria, and on the way to their honeymoon, discover Max's one-eyed bulldog, Lucky, in the car with them. Ragetti's is reformed so it will also be a bait shop.

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Box office[edit]

Grumpier Old Men grossed $71 million at the North American box office, against a production budget of $25 million.[1][2] Grumpier Old Men beat its predecessor's total of $70 million and cost $10 million less to make than the original.

Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 18% based on reviews from 17 critics.[3][4] Roger Ebert gave the film a score of 2 out of 4 stars.[5] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times described the film as contrived and getting by on the star power of the cast.[6]

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