Grumpier Old Men

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Grumpier Old Men
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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 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
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.


The lifelong feud between Max (Walter Matthau) and John (Jack Lemmon) has cooled. (They continue to call each other "moron" and "putz," but now with affection.) 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 new 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. A new arrival to Wabasha, 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. They are successful with cruel practical jokes in keeping others 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 Maria's mother 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' wedding arrangements, so they call off their engagement. Upon hearing the news, John and Max call off their truce and reignite their feud. This causes Ariel so much stress, she leaves John and moves back into her old home.

At the restaurant, Francesca is worried that the more time Maria spends with Max, the more she'll get hurt. She reminds her daughter of her five failed marriages and her fears of Max making it six. After being convinced to take a long look at herself, Maria reluctantly stops seeing Max.

Distraught over losing Ariel, John heads to the lake for his father's advice. He finds his dad has died in his favorite fishing spot: sitting on a old sofa, with his fishing pole in one hand, and a beer in the other. 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, Max and John once more join forces to set things right. They help Jacob reconcile with Melanie, and soon John reunites with Ariel while Max rekindles his relationship with Maria, whom he marries. Due to Max's extensive knowledge of the types of bait for fish, Ragetti's becomes a combination Italian restaurant and bait shop.



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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