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ODD COUPLE 2, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Thirty years on, Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon) and retired sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau) meet at LAX and drive a rental car across the desert to attend the wedding of Oscar's son Brucey (Jonathan Silverman) to Felix's daughter Hannah (Lisa Waltz), but a breakdown leaves them stranded at some distance from the main highways where they are sprayed by a cropduster and hang out with two flirtatious women (Christine Baranski, Jean Smart) in a small-town bar before getting a lift from slow-driving, elderly Beaumont (Barnard Hughes), eventually arriving at the wedding.

"Deliciously crafted, scripted and performed, The Odd Couple 2 is an appetising morsel of screen magic, where the wit of the written word is paramount. Neil Simonís rich, rounded characterisations and witty repartee are shown off in this delightful screen play, which works not only verbally, but through visual as well as musical gags. And the mismatched characters of Felix and Oscar can never be out of date - opposites donít attract, they just irritate! Watching Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau at work is one of those rare joys when you can sit back and watch the pros at work. Thereís shtick, thereís deadpan delivery and thereís all the business that they dish out effortlessly. Felix is as irritating as ever - with his allergies, fanaticism and conservatism, whereas Matthau (whose crumpled face never ceases to delight me) is the tactless, unreliable slob who just canít help himself. The combination is irresistible. The script flows seamlessly and one escapade smoothly drifts into the next. Look out for the scene where the boys (who are anxious to reach their destination quickly) get a lift in a vintage car, which is proceeding rather sedately. First a speeding car overtakes them. Then a bus passes them; then cyclists, then joggers, and lastly, people walking. The Odd Couple 2 captivates with a large dose of charm and wit, enveloping the viewer in a seductive bubble of good humour, when the most natural thing in the world to do is to smile throughout."
Louise Keller

"Watching this sequel to the classic original is akin to trying on an old pair of familiar shoes, shoes that fit with ease. Thirty years may have passed since Lemmon and Matthau appeared on screen as the indomitable duo Felix and Oscar, but the actors have lost none of their zing. OK, so the formula is tired and Howard Deutsch's direction is consistently pedestrian, but Neil Simon has constructed a wonderfully old fashioned vehicle for the legendary stars, and has filled it with a collage of beautiful one-liners, uttered with perfect timing by these veterans of repartee. Whereas so much contemporary screen comedy is based on the adage that loud is funny, as is fart humour, Simon builds his comedy deftly through some sharply defined characters expertly played, and gives them choice dialogue. As usual, it's Matthau's film, he waltzes with comic alertness through the role of slob Felix Unger with delicious precision. Lemmon is the perpetual straight-man, but he's still the perfect foil. Though Odd Couple 2 does tend to eventually run its course before the end credits, with that unforgettable old theme music bouncing along, the film clearly reminds us, that they don't make stars like these any more, and the schtick is still a pleasure to behold."
Paul Fischer

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ODD COUPLE 2, THE (M)
(Neil Simonís The Odd Couple 2)

CAST: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Christine Baranski, Barnard Hughes, Jonathan Silverman, Jean Smart, Lisa Waltz, Mary Beth Peil, Doris Belack, Ellen Geer, Jay O. Sanders, Rex Linn

DIRECTOR: Howard Deutch

PRODUCER: Neil Simon, Robert W. Cort, David Madden

SCRIPT: Neil Simon

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jamie Anderson

EDITOR: Seth Flaum

MUSIC: Alan Silvestri

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dan Bishop

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: August 6, 1998

VIDEO RELEASE: August 6, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: CIC

RRP: $19.95







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