Earlier this week, storms causing our cable to go out has gotten me to watch more films lately than usual. We live in the boondocks with no local channels at all. Once cable is out, we have nothing on television! I don’t know about you, but I get a bit tired of the Wiggles, Barney, Dora, Diego, and the Teletubbies. So when I saw The Odd Couple at the local library, I picked it up for home viewing!
I hadn’t seen this film before and only saw “The Odd Couple” on television, so I had no idea about the backstory of the characters. I only knew that one was very neat and tidy while one was portrayed as sloppy and disgusting at times. To say I was shocked that Felix was suicidal is saying it mildly! I had no idea! The movie starts with Felix, who is a very uptight seeming individual, trying to kill himself in various ways, managing only to hurt himself mildly each time. This goes on a while…a very slow start to the movie…and we do not find out why until much later. His friend Oscar is playing poker at his home with some poker buddies and they start missing Felix. Felix’s wife calls and tells them what has happened: she has kicked him out and they are going to divorce. This has thrown poor Felix over the edge and his friends know that he is probably suicidal at this point. As they are discussing what they will do about it, Felix shows up. They all act as if they have no idea, but eventually the cat is out of the bag.
Felix and Oscar talk about Felix moving in with Oscar. This happens and everything looks great! Felix cleans up Oscar’s large apartment and cooks for him. Most people would appreciate this, and Oscar really doesn’t seem to mind until it interferes with poker night. His buddies up and leave as Felix cleans around them as they play. Felix interrupting Oscar’s date night by starting to cry about missing his wife was the last straw. Will they work it out? Does Oscar start accepting Felix’s cleanliness and do the poker buddies come back? Will Felix return home?
A truly great movie “The Odd Couple” that is timeless…no cursing or lewd behavior noted at all. The start is a bit slow and I wondered if I was going to be bored, but I wasn’t! It picked up and kept my interest after Felix arrives at Oscar’s apartment. I enjoyed Walter Matthau’s Oscar character much more than Jack Lemmon’s Felix character as Felix just seemed so down for a lot of the movie. Their poker buddies are all eccentric characters in their own rights, and I enjoyed their parts of the movie. The fussing and carrying on at the poker game was hilarious at times! This movie may be old, but a family-friendly movie (if you disregard the suicide attempts at the start of it) that everyone would enjoy! Oscar steals the show though with more nasty antics than I ever saw in the television show…putting a sandwich in his sweaty armpit to play his poker hand prior to giving it to his friend. A true find that will make young and old happy!
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