The Odd Couple written by Neil Simon the film(1968) was adapted from his stage play of the same name.
Walter Matthau as Oscar Maddison
Jack Lemon as Felix Ungar
The story opens with Felix (lemon) wife has thrown him out and he goes to a hotel to kill himself, his friends at Friday night poker recieve a call from Felix’s wife to let them know what’s happened.
He doesn’t kill himself and his friend Oscar(Matthau) is shanghaied into taking him in.
This excellent farce then shows us the differences between people and that Felix is a complete neurotic personality and clean freak and Oscar (Matthau) a complete slob.
Watching the by-play between them is a joy such contrasting actors, but ideal for the part, they read Simons lines as though written for them in mind.
It culminates in a disastrous dinner party in which firstly Oscar is late and the meatloaf Felix has prepared will spoil if not eaten in the next 15 minutes, th ladies arrive and that too doesn’t go well until Felix whilst Oscar is getting drinks breaks down and tells them the story of his marriage breakdown.
Oscar returns with drinks to find them all crying and the ladies will now be preparing dinner, that for Oscar was the last straw.
They fall out and Oscar finally cracks, here’s one of my favourite lines that precipitated Felix disappearing again.
Oscar Madison: I can’t take it anymore, Felix, I’m cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!
A cracking must see film reminiscent of the 1930’s.