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Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the film Grumpy Old Men (1993). 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.

Grumpier Old Men
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHoward Deutch
Produced byJohn Davis
Richard C. Berman
Written byMark Steven Johnson
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyTak Fujimoto
Edited byBilly Weber
Seth Flaum
Maryann Brandon
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1995 (1995-12-22)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million
Box office$71.500.000 million[1]

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. He died of the disease two years later in 1997.


The feud between Max (Walter Matthau) and John (Jack Lemmon) has cooled and they have become good friends. Their children, Melanie (Daryl Hannah) and Jacob (Kevin Pollak), have become engaged. Meanwhile, John is enjoying his marriage to new wife Ariel (Ann-Margret). John and Max still call each other "moron" and "putz" respectively, but with friendly intentions.

The spring and summer fishing season is in full swing with the annual quest to catch "Catfish Hunter," an unusually large catfish that seems to enjoy eluding anyone that tries to catch it. However, the local bait shop closed after Chuck, the previous owner, died in the first movie. 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 at first with their practical jokes. However, when Ariel learns what is going on, she tells John to apologize to Maria at once, and he does after Ariel kicks him out of the house. Max and Maria begin dating after discovering a shared passion for fishing, while her mother Francesca (Ann Morgan Guilbert) dates John's father, J.W. (Burgess Meredith).

To complicate things further, Jacob and Melanie call off their engagement due to stress from their parents' involvement. Upon hearing the news, John and Max reignite their feud and go back to their childish pranks again such as John cutting a hole in Max's fishing net and detaching the anchor to his boat. Max retaliates by disconnecting John's motor from his boat and broadcasting himself nude (while Ariel was making a clay statue of him) at a supermarket. Ariel is stressed out because of it and leaves John until things settle down. At the restaurant, Francesca is worried about all the time Maria spends with Max. She reminds her daughter of her five failed marriages and worries that Max will make 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 but finds that he has died in his favorite spot with a fishing pole in one hand and a can of beer in the other. Following the funeral and the spreading of J.W.'s ashes in the lake, John and Max call off their feud again and John and Ariel reconcile.

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 and Melanie reconcile, and manage to catch "Catfish Hunter" but they reluctantly decide to release it so it can be with J.W. in the lake, then clarify their own drama. After they let it go, they realize that they're late to a wedding happening in town and rush to the church as quickly as they can. The wedding is revealed to be for Max and Maria, who have reconciled. On the way to their honeymoon, they discover Max's one-eyed bulldog, Lucky, in the car with them, being put there by John earlier as a prank. Ragetti's is also reformed so it will be both a restaurant and a bait shop.



Box officeEdit

Grumpier Old Men grossed $71 million at the North American box office, against a production budget of $25 million.[2][3] Grumpier Old Men beat its predecessor's total of $70 million and cost $10 million less to make than the original. The film was released in the United Kingdom on March 1, 1996.[4]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 17% based on 18 reviews, with a rating average of 4.2/10.[5] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[7]

Roger Ebert gave the film a score of 2 out of 4 stars.[8] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times described the film as contrived and getting by on the star power of the cast.[9] Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote: "Grumpier Old Men, which was directed by Howard Deutch from a screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson, who also wrote the first film, doesn't even try to make sense. And for all the vaunted grumpiness, nobody stays mad for long."[10]


  1. ^ "Grumpier Old Men (1995)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Weekend Box Office: 'Exhale' Blows Down the Competition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office: Rosy News for Hollywood, 'Monkeys'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  4. ^ "UK Weekend Box Office 1st March 1996 - 3rd March 1996". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Grumpier Old Men (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Grumpier Old Men reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "CinemaScore".[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Roger Ebert (December 22, 1995). "Grumpier Old Men". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  9. ^ Kevin Thomas (December 22, 1995). "MOVIE REVIEW: Stars Add Luster to 'Men's' Contrived Tale". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  10. ^ "FILM REVIEW; 2 Short Fuses Pressing Their Luck". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

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