Neil Simon’s beloved story about two divorced men who decide to share a New York apartment. Felix is fussy and fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Oscar wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.
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Watching Lemmon and Matthau play off each other is one of the few things in this world that never fails to bring a smile to my face. This is probably the best they've ever been together. Lemmon was maddeningly great and Matthau's loud, upset voice stole the show for me. Great supporting cast too. I feel bad for anyone who can't get into this one.
i fucking love jack lemmon. watched the out of towners and laughed my ass off and didn't think it could get any better but then i watched this and i just knew that this was one of the funniest jack lemmon movies ever!
Lemmon e Matthau hanno avuto il dono di una complicità splendida e la bravura di sfruttarla al massimo. L'umorismo del film è sempre intelligente e ragionato, mai sopra né sotto le righe, mantenuto in vita da un botta e risposta continuo fra i due attori, che esibiscono quella che forse è la loro miglior performance. Se c'è un genere che ha positivamente segnato quegli anni americani, è indubbiamente la commedia.
The Odd Couple is an odd story, there is no journey as such in the story-telling, especially for Felix's character, who remains completely unchanged by the end, despite being the main protagonist. The reason why Oscar's character changes a bit at the end? No logic. It's a classic film where great actors get to create funny characters but too much ego in it for my taste. Coo coo pigeon sisters are the best though.
Histrionic comedy from the great duo however time has been not kind and it now feels stereotyped and dated. From the subject matter to the comedy style (those Lemmon's back ticks!) it all seems a faded print of what it was once upon a time. It retains some special moments that still crack smiles and laughter, tribute to the genius that carried the duo over a singular successful career.
I thought Neil Simon was supposed to be this legendary writer of great lines? I watched this for 40 minutes, nothing, except Jack Lemmons desperate mugging, his neck, his back etc this sort of humour seems very dated. Great theme tune on the 10 (!) minute credit sequence though.
Basically a play shot for the screen, it is a bit stagey at times, but damned if the chemistry of the leads doesnt make it one of the all time best comedies. Lemmon always played slightly neurotic characters better than anyone imo.