1968 Running time: 105 Certificate: pg Rating: 4

Synopsis

Superb adaptation of Neil Simon's classic stage comedy, with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau forming a memorable double act as a pair of divorced sticks-in-the-muds living in the same flat together. But since Felix (Lemmon) is a neat-freak and Oscar is a total slob, they drive each other crazy. Comic sparks fly from the perfect combination of stars and script.

Director

  • Gene Saks

Cast

  • Carole Shelley

  • Jack Lemmon

  • Walter Matthau

  • John Fiedler

  • Monica Evans

Review

Two men sharing a flat brings images of Men Behaving Badly to mind - but this couldn't be further from it.

The two guys are divorced and couldn't be more different from each other.

Lemmon is fastidious Felix, who insists on cleaning up his friend Oscar's cluttered flat, much to the disgust of Oscar (Matthau) who says Felix is the kind of man who 'wears a seat belt at a drive-in movie' and is driven mad by his friend's myriad messages ('It took me two hours to work out that FU meant Felix Ungar').

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon play off each other to perfection in these roles, and Simon's clever screenplay is a constant source of amusement.

There must also be a word of praise for Monica Evans and Carole Shelley, who are brilliant as the giggly English girls who live upstairs.

Review from IPC