Ok, I know. You’re asking yourself if I know what the heck I’m talking about. I mean, the Odd Couple 2? Really? Yes, really! This movie just so happens to be one of my all time favourite comedies. That being said, my taste in humour differs a lot from other people’s tastes. I’m not a huge fan of The Simpsons, Family Guy or South Park. I don’t love Anchorman (I like it but I don’t love it) or Half Baked or Zoolander. I’m all about the humour of real situations, real people, and relatable scenarios. Bad days, worse hair, awkward encounters, and bromances are a perfect combination to get me in stitches.
Now, bear with me, this is not a masterpiece by any means, but it is so much fun if you give it a chance. If you have seen The Odd Couple, Grumpy Old Men or Out to Sea and you love Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon as much as I do, then this is a fun ode to their last onscreen appearance together before Matthau passed away. The other titles I mentioned are arguably better films and I’m not saying that The Odd Couple 2 is better, it’s just hilarious to see these two driving across the country together and dealing with everything that comes their way on top of dealing with each other.
Matthau returns as Oscar, the loveable slob who doesn’t care about what other people say or think. Lemon is the same stuck up, neat freak, hypochondriac named Felix that we have come to love so much too. The movie takes place 17 years after the first one and the two are driving across the country together to go to the wedding of Oscar’s son and Felix’s daughter. What’s next are mishaps with their car, a crow stealing a toupee and no less than three trips to a police station to deal with an increasingly disgruntled sheriff.
Some of the jokes fall flat and there is a level of predictability to some of the gags but I love this movie. It did not get very favourable reviews from the critics and it doesn’t have a very high rating on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB but this movie really does have charm. I love these two old farts together. They have such endearing chemistry. If you give this movie a fair chance, I think you’ll love it too.
PS – I have serious reservations about the TV show remake that is in the works but I’ll hold judgement until I see it.