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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Comically shows two disparate people finding a common bond; encourages getting along with others who are different from oneself. A man who is saddened by a life-changing event learns to cope with his depression and renew his positive feelings about life.
Positive Role Models
An ultimate slob and a fastidious fussbudget are comic stereotypes who learn to live together. Despite their differences, they are warm-hearted, loyal, and, ultimately, resilient. Two featured female characters are purposely cartoonish: giggly, self-conscious, and likably British.
Violence & Scariness
A character contemplates and prepares to commit suicide, but it's clearly with comic intent and is never seriously attempted. A humorous indoor chase results in one man being dragged into a shower.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Go-go dancers are seen in skimpy outfits in one bar scene; a brief shot focuses on a woman's derriere. Some mild sexual jokes and innuendo (for example, a man is hoping to seduce two pretty women).
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A few "hells" and "damns."
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Products & Purchases
Pepsi-Cola. Visual glimpses of several well-known New York City hotels (Hilton, Carlisle, Warwick).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking wine, beer, and Scotch whiskey in some scenes, all in moderation. No drunkenness. Several characters smoke both cigars and cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Neil Simon's The Odd Couple is Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau at the top of their "buddy" game. The movie has some grown-up plot elements (divorce, contemplation of suicide), but it's always lighthearted, focusing on character rather than jokes, and the farcical moments are very funny without being highly exaggerated. Though there's a certain amount of sophistication to the snappy dialogue and opposites-attract humor, the perennial slob and the fastidious hypochondriac are amusing on many levels. Older kids and teens who appreciate classic comedies and wonderful performances will find much to like. Made in the 1960s, the movie has smoking (both cigars and cigarettes), a brief scene with scantily clad go-go dancers, and some mild sexual innuendo, and "hell" and "damn" are heard several times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The dialogue is witty; the characters are wonderfully stereotypical; and comic timing is everything in this movie. But the extraordinary performances top all else, even making what might seem to be a slightly dated premise and execution feel fresh and entertaining. Jack Lemmon's attempts to clear his sinuses in a busy restaurant may be one of the funniest sequences in film history. And together, the two exhibit a genuinely natural comic rhythm that went on to find them in many other iconic performances as a team. Based on Neil Simon's Broadway play (which has had enduring success over the years with both male and female actors in the central roles),The Odd Couple became a beloved television sitcom. The Odd Couple II, with Lemmon and Matthau reprising their original roles, was released in 1998.
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