Grumpy Old Men

1993 PG-13 1h 44m DVD

Grumpy Old Men

1993 PG-13 1h 44m DVD
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For decades, next-door neighbors and former friends John and Max (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) have feuded, trading insults and wicked pranks. When an attractive widow (Ann-Margret) moves in nearby, their bad blood erupts into a high-stakes rivalry full of naughty jokes and adolescent hijinks. Will this love triangle destroy the two old grumps? Or will the geriatric odd couple overcome their differences and rediscover their friendship?
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Buck Henry, Christopher McDonald, Joe Howard
Donald Petrie
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Grumpy Old Men is a comedy with adult themes (jealousy, lifelong rivalries, and seniors' interest in sex) -- all treated lightheartedly. The intended humor comes from constant name-calling (i.e., "idiot," "moron," "ass-wipe," "putz") and jokes about sexual aptitude. A few falls in snow and a short tussle between the two "grumpy" men provide the only action -- nothing is serious. The movie delivers comfortable messages about the older people finding happiness, repairing damaged friendships, and positive relationships between seniors and their adult children. (Spoiler Alert -- a supporting character dies off camera, and a leading character suffers a heart attack and ends up on life support for a short time). Characters drink adult beverages in several scenes; one very old man smokes and is portrayed as a lecherous alcoholic. There is quite a bit of salty language: "p---y," "d--khead," "bulls--t."

Sexual Content

A key story element relates to older men having sexual interest and being able to "perform." Male seniors ogle, yearn for, and attempt to bed a flirtatious, middle-aged woman. She characterizes sensuality, as well as a lusty interest in living life to the fullest. While there is no overt sexual activity other than a few kisses, subject matter and dialogue consistently refer to sex and body parts (i.e. "I haven't had sex for fifteen years," "Are you gay or straight... Hetero or homo?")


A mild scuffle erupts between two "frenemies;" pushing, shoving, some hitting. Spoiler Alert: There is some suspense when a leading character suffers a heart attack and falls to the ground. He is later seen on life support, but recovers.


Top-to-bottom insult humor. Two characters consistently engage in name-calling; a small sampling includes: "d--khead," "moron," "idiot," "schmuck," "putz," "t-ty-friggin' Swede," "asswipe," "smart-ass," "p---y." Lots of mild swearing, as well: "Jesus Christ," "bulls--t," "hell" "damn," "bastard." And then there are the sexual insults and observations: "You couldn't get it up!," "Did you mount her?," "Big thighs?"

Social Behavior

In order to experience the richness of life, it's important to take risks and be willing to fail. Even long-time enemies can find common ground and show compassion for one another.


Visible products include: Coca-Cola, Dodge cars, United Van Lines, Zenith, Oberto snacks, Red Wing Shoes, Camel cigarettes, Budweiser, and Schmidt's beer

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcohol is occasionally consumed in social settings: in a bar, while fishing, at dinner. One very old man drinks from a flask and is inebriated in several scenes. Some smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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