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Out to Sea (1997)

Comedy movie directed by Martha Coolidge

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Two very funny men, an all-star cast. . .

  • Aug 1, 2001
Rating:
-3
. . .and a hideously weak plot.

My wife and I are both fans of Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau. Together, they have produced some hysterical films, most notably "Grumpy Old Men". This film, I'm sad to say, is merely a shadow of what it could have been.

The basic plot -- an elderly (yet charming) con-man tricks his recently widowed brother-in-law into taking a cruise. Enormous humor could have been derived from this basic premise -- but unfortunately, enormous humor was NOT the result. The plot was shallow and predictable, and the humor muted. While there were a few points at which I laughed, it is certainly not the comedy classic "Grumpy Old Men" was.

I can't imagine ever caring to see this film again.

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the big screen's original "odd couple," star in this riotously funny high-seas adventure. In search of lonely ladies with big bank accounts, happy-go-lucky Charlie (Matthau) cons his cranky, widower brother-in-law Herb (Lemmon) into joining him on an all-expenses-paid, luxury cruise. But their "deluxe accommodations" are deep in the bowels of the ship, and Charlie has signed them on as dance hosts! Under the tyranny of crooning cruise director Gil Godwyn (Brent Spiner), Charlie and Herb are in for rough weather as they romance the luscious Liz (Dyan Cannon) and the lovely Vivian (Gloria De Haven).
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Director: Martha Coolidge
Screen Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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