Film Style: The Odd Couple (1968)

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The Odd Couple is a classic 1960s comedy starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon (which is why it was so totally brilliant when they reunited as another odd couple in 1993’s Grumpy Old Men).

I’m not going to talk here about the odd couple themselves, Oscar and Felix. Frankly, these guys do not dress to impress. But WOWSERS to the Pigeon sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn! As soon as Gwendolyn walked through the door in that amazing polka dot yellow shift dress with enormous bow, I was smitten. And then Cecily’s lime green capri pants later! Phwoar!

A special mention obviously also has to go to the awesome 60s font used for the opening credits, and that super catchy theme music. I’m still humming it a week later. And you know what? The film is still genuinely, belly-laugh-out-loud funny. I was hooting with laughter, so much so I scared the cat.

What was surprising about this film is that I completely expected to be on the side of Felix, the neat freak. But instead, I found myself sympathising completely with Oscar the slob. Weird huh?

I’d been watching the movie with my housemate The Geekinator, sharing a Chinese takeaway. After we were done eating, I lay sprawled with my feet up on the sofa, a gin and tonic on the floor next to me (no coaster) precariously placed in the path of the cat, munching on prawn crackers straight from the paper bag. “I’m so surprised that I like the slob more than the neat one” I shouted out to the Geekinator, spraying a further shower of cracker crumbs over my dressing gown. Meanwhile the Geekinator was tidying away our plates, doing the washing up, and wiping the kitchen benches.

Oh.

That’s why I like Oscar. I’m the slobby one.

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