Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau
Jack Lemmon is the perfect Felix Unger and Walter Matthau is the quintessential Oscar Madison. They are Jack and Walter, and nobody can do it like they can. Without those two, this would certainly be a lesser movie. That does not detract from the magnificent scrip by Neil Simon, the solid direction by Gene Saks, or the wonderful music by Neal Hefti.
The film begins with Felix suicidal because his wife of 12 years has kicked him out. In a gesture of friendship and solidarity, Oscar offers his spare room to Felix, and that’s when the trouble begins. The weekly poker party begins to resemble a ladies’ luncheon. The incompatibility becomes sharply, painfully and amusingly obvious when Oscar arranges a double date with the Pigeon sisters from upstairs.
I have grown up loving Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau movies. While they each had many good solo movies, together they were a team, a match made in heaven.