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A Christmas Bromance with the Grumpy Old Men

Updated on December 1, 2013

"Bromance" is a relatively modern term that is defined as a male couple who are very close, but not in a partner-type relationship. They are great friends and do everything together, even when they don't get along most of the time.

Although they probably wouldn't have admitted it while they were alive, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon had one of the original movie "bromances." I am not disregarding Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, but the emergence of the Odd Couple in plays and in the original movie, cemented the Matthau-Lemmon relationship and was a true "bromance."

Their relationship was the optimal in comedic duos in films such as "The Odd Couple," "Out to Sea," "Grumpy Old Men" and "Grumpier Old Men."

Growing up, I thought my Grandfather and Father were the only grumpy old men.

When "Grumpy Old Men" with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon was released, I found out that I probably could've written the story line. The characters were very familiar to me. Walter Matthau reminded me of my Father and if you didn't know Matthau or my Father personally, you would've thought the same thing.

"Grumpy Old Men" is set in Winter and around Christmas. It is about a pair of antagonistic men who despite being good friends, spend their time getting under each others skin. These little confrontations take place during fishing trips and culminate when a beautiful girl moves into town, played by Ann Margret. They both vie for her attention and despite attempts by both, one finally wins. Which one is it? Well, I won't tell you and spoil the surprise.

This is a funny movie to watch during the holiday season and makes a great Christmas gift. I have watched it many times and still think it is hilarious. It comes highly recommended and is a great addition to any comedy collection!

Below are signed photos that I received from Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon that are in my personal collection. They were very gracious actors and treated their fans well!

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The Most Interesting Man in the World's Opinion on "Bromance."

More Bromance Exploits with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon

Grumpier Old Men
Grumpier Old Men

This is the sequel to Grumpy Old Men.

Jack Lemmon already has his love, now it is Walter Matthau's turn! More funny stuff from this Bromance couple.

Out To Sea
Out To Sea

Once again, Matthau and Lemmon team up in an antagonistic feature.

Old men can't dance? That isn't the truth in this flick!

Odd Couple
Odd Couple

The original teaming of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

This broadway show turned movie, inspired the long-running television show with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.


Please don't be grumpier than the "Grumpy Old Men" and leave some feedback about this review. Tell me all about the grumpy people you grew up with!

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    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      A funny movie I could watch with the parents.

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      Great review!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love this movie they were a perfect match, Great review, Thanks