20 years after Felix Ungar drove Oscar Maddison to despair when he cleaned up the apartment, the classic american comedy duo of Lemmon and Matthau reprise possibly their greatest roles. The Odd Couple 2 is an example of that oh so rare occurence when the sequel to a very successful film is not just a sad parody of the original.
The storyline is just as simple, Felix and Oscar haven't seen each other since Oscar threw Felix out of the apartment when he cleaned it up (The Odd Couple), Oscar gets a letter from his son Brucie inviting him to his wedding in California, on arrival at the airport, Oscar suddenly realises the awful truth, that Brucie is to marry Felix's daughter. Worse, he bumps in Felix at the airport. Worse still, Felix persuades him to share a car to get to the wedding. And just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse, Felix is just as insfferable whilst Oscar is just as short tempered as either of them ever were.
The film follows their journey to the wedding including encounters with two "ladies" in a bar, a run in with a gang of drug smugglers, and the increasingly exasperated local sheriff. Some of the jokes are very old, but Matthau and Lemmon given them a rare freshness. The increasingly stressful look on Matthau's face as the film progresses is sheer perfection.
I laughed out loud from start to finish, exactly as I had done with the first film.