Tuesday, 25 June 2013
The Sunshine Boys (1975) - ★★★½
Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin
The Sunshine Boys would have to be one of the funniest movies about senility. Walter Matthau is downright hilarious in this movie! It's entertaining for the most part, but a little bit slow. One thing it did do is rekindle my love for vaudevillian humor. With wonderful dialogue and amazing performances, it made me laugh pretty darn hard.
Oh, did I mention that Phyllis Diller makes a cameo?
Willy Clark (Matthau) and Al Lewis (Burns) were a team of vaudevillian comedians that performed together for 47 years. They split up because they hated each others guts and didn't speak to one another for years. When ABC invites them to perform together on a 'comedy special,' they reunite for the $10,000 cash and one last shot at glory. The problem is, they still can't stand being around each other!
The highlight of the film is definitely the banter between Matthau and Burns. It was so natural, so hilarious, that my sides started hurting at times. I don't care what people say, Burns wholeheartedly deserved his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Whether they were arguing about creative differences or each others mannerisms, it was amazing to see these veteran comedic actors at their very best.
My only problem is that it's overly long and not always a joy to watch. But for the most part, I loved this movie to bits. I'm still reeling over how much they made me laugh! I think this is intended for an older audience. I couldn't see many people under thirty liking this movie as much as I did. Maybe it's because I've been around retirement homes for years. I've seen senile old men get under each others skin, and this movie captured the humorous side perfectly. Burns and Matthau are a forced to be reckoned with in The Sunshine Boys.