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Out to Sea

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[--- Good ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
This is a very likable movie staring Jake Lemmon and Walter Matthau who are legends of the screen.

While not as good as either of the Grumpy Old Men movies, it is enjoyable and some of the dancing scenes are halarious.

An excellent choice for a matinee.

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Jan 25, 2000
I have always been a fan of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau together. When they bitch at each other, it's funny. When they get into trouble together, it's nuts.And "Out To Sea", which should have been titled "Grumpiest Old Men", is another one of their great works together. The best of all is "The Odd Couple" as Oscarand Felix, but "Out To Sea", while flawed, is nonetheless entertaining and witty, far more than scriptless $100 million movies.

The story is rather silly: Charles (Matthau) talks his friend Herbie (Lemmon) into a cruise that Charles has tickets for. But what Herb doesn't know is Charlessigned himself and Herb up for dance hosts rather than paying the $5500 tickets. What follows is a very funny assortment of bad dancing (mostly done by Charles),falling in love, and getting into trouble with the dance boss (Brent Spiner), who was trained dancing on a military base and has a certain case of perfectionism.

Lemmon isn't much of a dramatic actor anymore; he always talks and moves the same (remember "Glengarry Glen Ross"?), but in a comedy situation he's fun to watch. But Matthau is far more entertaining and far more funny, I guess because he does victory dances and songs when something goes his way.

There are many plot problems and flaws in "Out To Sea", but the whole movie is so fun, that it even goes all the way through the end credits with outtakesand dancing. I wish more films would do that, so it won't make the audience get up and run out of the theatre until the light cuts off the projector. Backin the fifties, it was a sin to do that.

Grade: B By Jason Whyte jwhyte2@ibm.net

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Jan 25, 2000
Not much on plot, but very entertaining and lots of laughs.

Jul 16, 2003
Director Martha Coolidge has turn from the kids in "Clueless" to the elderly in "Out to Sea." Here we got a movie that has the making of a two-hour "Love Boat" TV movie, but under screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs and director Coolidge, the film is better than that. Jack Lennon and Walter Matthau played buddies who got on a cruise ship free, but must be dance instructors or else they must pay $4,000. Brent Spirer (Star Trek:The Next Generation) plays the villian who drives Lennomn and Mattheu crazy. Hal Lindon and Donald O'conner (Singin' in th Rain, one of the best musical of all time, my point of view) rounds out the dance troop. Also in the movie are three actresses who are beautiful, despite their ages. Gloria DeHaven, Dyan Cannon and Rue McClanaham. What more could you ask for?

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