recently saw the part 2 of this one, also scripted by Neil Simon. Very good, also, but the 1 is the groundbreaker. 2 was filmed with Lemmon and Matthau advanced in age, jibing at each other constantly, while on a road trip, and a quest. 1 is limited to the apartment of the messy one of the duo (Walter Matthau); and Lemmon's character is fussy like an old fish-wife. What I am saying is, see them both, for it brings a sense of completion to the play written by Simon. This film is unusual in that the tv series derived from 1 is worthy of the writing genius of the playwright. This was probably because the casting was effective. Jack Klugman and Tony Randall were inspired choices. All these are comedy at its finest!!!
VERY GOOD 1967 film version of Neil Simon's play starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau - fun view.
THE ODD COUPLE really holds up as a smart dramedy (or comedy, if you want to ignore the more serious elements of the story), the basis of many dynamic duos in pop culture since. Without THE ODD COUPLE, we'd have no LETHAL WEAPON, no TOY STORY, no TWO AND A HALF MEN. The buddy genre owes much to THE ODD COUPLE. I appreciated the clever jokes and how well crafted it all is. It's as I expected, though, considering the status this film possesses still to this day. I recommend it.
The CPL copy is badly scratched. If you get it, return it and ask for a copy from another location.
A Five Star Comedy Classic from Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau. The remaining cast members are all great character actors and do a great job. This may be Neil Simon's most popular work of writing as it was both a hit both as a movie and a play. Most of the movie is just like the "Odd Couple TV Show" which played for years. There are so many funny situations these two characters can get into. It is the story of two completely opposite personalities living together. I can see why both men were divorced. If you haven't seen the "Odd Couple" you are missing one of our countries finest comedy classics!.
Must watch this movie at least once a year.
The Classic Matthau/Lemmon collaboration at it's finest.
"It took me 3 hours to figure out that F.U. stood for Felix Unger!"
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