The Odd Couple (quick movie review)

I grew up watching reruns of The Odd Couple on TV. I’m a big fan – I even had a hamster named Oscar. Yet, I’ve just gotten around to seeing the film based on Neil Simon’s play this past weekend. Given the author and that the movie stars Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, my expectations were high as we settled in to watch a classic.

Needless to say, The Odd Couple delivered. It’s got laughs, heart, the whole deal – a quality flick all around. You can see they did their best to "open it up for scope" as it’s a play, so they found ways to break the movie version out into a few locations so it’s not so static. We got to visit the hotel, the bowling alley, the dinner, the bench, the ballpark, a car and so on… but the majority of the movie takes place at the apartment.

If you’re closer to my age, you may be more familiar with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon movies like Grumpy Old Men, it’s sequel, or the forgettable Out to Sea, which I’m sure will now seem like a forgotten classic when compared to modern comedies like Couples Retreat or any movie Adam Sandler has made in the last fifteen years. (Sorry, got a little sidetracked there.) Even if you’ve seen these guys pair up before, definitely check out The Odd Couple – it is excellent.

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