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Movie Review

Grumpy Old Men

Reviewed by: Jonathan DeMersseman
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Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Comedy
Length:
103 min.
Year of Release:
1993

“…In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2 (NIV)

This being noted, I could be in for a hasty judgment based on this review; nevertheless, I have faith that I will be justified.

“Grumpy Old Men”, starring Walter Matheau and Jack Lemmon, is the story of two crotchety old geezers who have been life-long adversaries who vie for the attentions of an attractive new neighbor (Ann Margaret). I cannot tell you any more about it because my wife and I turned it off less than a half-hour into the picture. To clarify why, let me rephrase the introduction.

“Grumpy Old Men” is a farce about two disgusting, potty-mouthed, sex-obsessed divorcés, who despite their advanced age still act like pre-adolescent boys. If you enjoy childish practical jokes, tit-for-tat revenge, general coarseness, vulgarity, innuendo, and boasts of extra-marital sexual prowess this movie is for you. Otherwise, the one or two decent laughs found in the first half-hour will in no way merit you time or money.

This movie does not merit serious consideration, as it utterly grates against Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is lovely and pure… think upon these things.”

I have heard others, non-Christians even, refer to this film as “Dirty Old Men.” If those in the world find it lewd, what should that indicate to those who love the Lord?