Grumpier Old Men

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

John Gustavson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are up to their old tricks in this sequel about neighbors who, deep down, like each other too much to get along. By this time John and Ariel (Ann-Margret) are married and Max is feeling a little lonely and left out. Max and John's respective children, Jacob (Kevin Pollak) and Melanie (Daryl Hannah) are planning to get married. A tentative peace comes between John and Max, in light of the wedding. Then Maria (Sophia Loren) takes over the local bait shop and wants to turn it into a restaurant, much to the chagrin of John and Max. At first they work together to get rid of Maria, but when Max starts to fall in love with Maria, things start falling apart. Jacob and Melanie decide to call off the wedding because of their parents' meddling, Ariel leaves John, and John and Max renew their feud with renewed vigor. Be prepared for lots of pratfalls, pranks and laughs as the former odd couple of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau team up again.

Much in keeping with a 90s view of what it means to be a grouchy old man, mild and moderate language abounds. The two men are constantly calling each other names and putting each other down. The two play some violent practical jokes on one another, but are not out to seriously harm the other person. But much of the offensiveness of this movie lies in the almost constant stream of sexual references and innuendoes from both men and from John's 95 year-old father, played by Burgess Meredith. Implied intercourse occurs twice, once between Maria and Max and once between John's father and Maria's mother. The sexual theme that runs throughout the movie reminds one of an adolescent boy's fantasy now given to overage men. These geritol, adolesent-acting men do nothing but make fools of themselves in this reviewer's opinion. The dirty language and the sexual innuendoes are such that this movie would be better called Dirtier Old Men, a title much more fitting of the true nature of this sequel.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (29) times - Mild 21, Moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (17) times (s-word 2, others 15)

Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 6 (JC, J, G-d, G), Exclamatory 7

Violence: Few times - Moderate (practical jokes ending in destruction of property)

Sex: Implied twice

Nudity: None but near nudity (low-cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - (sexual innuendoes abound, references to male genitals and intercourse)

Drugs: Beer drinking and reference to getting drunk

Other: Underlying message that unmarried couples living together is acceptable

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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