The Odd Couple (1968)

Based on the critically acclaimed stage play by Neil Simon, The Odd Couple is a masterwork look at how two newly single bachelors cope with love, loss, friendship, responsibility, and each other’s annoyances. In terms of their comic timing and on-screen chemistry, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau aren’t the odd couple; they’re the perfect couple.

Felix (Jack Lemmon) is a neurotic, despondent, obsessive-compulsive neat freak, who is subjected to an impending divorce from his wife, Frances. On the verge of suicide, Felix is taken in by his fellow divorced friend, Oscar (Walter Matthau), a lazy, irresponsible, women and poker loving slob. As opposites collide, chaos (absolute hilarity for us) pursues.

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Neil Simon’s hilarious script, filled with sharp, witty humour, combined with two endearing leading men on top of their game, created the ultimate timeless bromantic comedy. Felix and Oscar are more than just characters, they have become cinematic archetypes.

Matthau and Lemmon made a string of films together, but are at their very best in this one. They were a comedic force to be reckoned with, a match made in heaven and one of the quintessential pairings of the 20th century.

Told you 158 times I cannot stand little notes on my pillow. “We are all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!

Despite being made in 1968, The Odd Couple is still one of cinema’s greatest. The true definition of a classic that has stood the test of time, and remains a firm yardstick against which modern comedies should be measured. Laughter is the best medicine, and it injects in ample doses.

Rating: 5 out of 5 popcorns

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