I never really watched the television series - it was on before my time and I didn't watch the reruns. So I didn't have too many preconceived notions about the film version other than I love both Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Both are, of course, amazing. I dug Neil Simon a lot when I was 12 or so. At 33, I can take him or leave him. In this case, I'll gladly take him. How can you not like a movie with so much going for it?
The beginning was a little bit slow going but once Lemmon moves in full time, the famous music starts being played regularly, and Matthau starts trying to woo the British twin sisters in the building, I was more than sold. The film is also an interesting time capsule of a vanished or perhaps never really existent New York City.
Director: Gene Saks
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