Grumpy Old Men

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The Series: Grumpy Old Men

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have been at each other’s throats for years. The feud between the former friends intensifies when Ariel (Ann-Margret) comes along and provides a love interest for both of them that threatens to push their rivalry new heights.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau starred in a handful of comedies together throughout their long careers on the big screen. The Odd Couple is undoubtedly their best work as a duo, but only one other movie came close to matching the comedy magic that these two created, and it took 25 years for it to happen. The movie is Grumpy Old Men, and it takes the playful rivalry that the two real-life best friends often portrayed in movies and gave it a crotchety but entertaining new spin that has a big holiday heart. Read More »