The Odd Couple (1968) Film Review

Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) has just ended his relationship with his wife and decides to kill himself, after being unsuccessful at doing so, he goes to Oscar Madison’s (Walter Matthau) house to play their weekly poker game with a group of friends. This eventually leads to Felix moving in with Oscar but unbeknownst to him, Felix is a clean freak where as Oscar has a complete mess of house. This quickly leads to Oscar not being able to take Felix’s behavior. It’s a fairly simplistic comedic setup but still allows for a nice, enjoyable, and relaxing film. I won’t say the film is that special because frankly, it isn’t. I will more than likely forget about the film within a few days but it was still an enjoyable watch.

The film seemed to have a problem with actually starting up, it takes a good twenty minutes for the plot to really even begin which was a problem for me. Luckily, the film is still filled with plenty of laughs due to cast playing off each other well and the two leads (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) being fantastic in their roles. It could have probably benefited from ten or so minutes being cut out in parts to let the film flow better in it’s already fairly short run time of around an hour and forty minutes. Overall, it’s a good time and is filled with some fun, comedic moments but you won’t remember much about it afterwards.

3/5 stars


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