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The odd couple 2

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Some arguments stand the test of time.

In characterisations that became comedy history, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau return to the screen as the supremely mismatched Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, ill-suited roommates once brought together by the economics of divorce.

Once incompatible occupants of the same New York apartment, Felix and Oscar now find themselves confined to the same California rental car, a situation tolerable only because they're on their way to the same wedding. But the road from LAX to San Malina is a bumpy one, fraught with countless challenges to an uneasy alliance optimistically forged in spite of Oscar's careless style and Felix's fastidious ways.

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Grumpy old men.

There are some laughs (some really good ones), some contemporary themes, some rip-offs: you name it, it's there. If you are a fan of the original movie, or even of the TV series, then The odd couple 2 is an enjoyable enough update on the lives of one of the odder couples in entertainment history. If you are blithely unaware of their history, it's still somewhat watchable. But...

... there is an overwhelming sense of paint-by-numbers, of repertory actors doing their 500th matinee on autopilot. Maybe it's just me, maybe I've become a cynic [Become? - Director of Intelligence], but apart from the odd moment, this film never really gets off the ground. Some further adjectives that might be applied to certain parts of the production are corny, hackneyed, formula, obvious and oh puh-leeze. There is also some of the worst continuity to come out of Hollywood (watch for the inverting car explosion and the self-regenerating peach).

If, for some reason, you have to buy your mum a movie, then this would be the current front-runner, otherwise, get The little mermaid.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS retail: 6 August 1999

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