The Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys
The Sunshine Boys
  • PG
  • 1h 49m
  • 1975
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George Burns ("Oh, God!") won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as one of two feuding vaudevillian actors who are reunited for a television come back. Co-starring Oscar-winner Walter Matthau ("Grumpy Old Men") and Richard Benjamin ("Goodbye Columbus"). Based on award-winning playwright Neil Simon's play. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Matthau received an Oscar-nomination and a Golden Globe Award.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Thanks to the sparkling chemistry between its stars and Herbert Ross' gentle direction, this sweetly ambling comedy ranks among Neil Simon's finest screen adaptations.
Variety Staff

The Sunshine Boys is an extremely sensitive and lovable film version of Neil Simon's play, with Wa...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Aging comics sparkle, swear, and spar in Neil Simon farce.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sunshine Boys is another "buddy" (or "anti-buddy") comedy from writer Neil Simon. Two elderly ex-vaudevillians trade jokes and insults and reflect upon their 43-year partnership as entertainers, not all of it happy. There is a great deal of physical humor, including lengthy scenes in which two true comic geniuses (Walter Matthau and George Burns, who won a Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance) silently engage in hilarious one-upmanship. One sequence is a replay of a farcical vaudeville sketch in which a doctor leers at a buxom nurse while trying to seduce her. Cursing ("bastard," "s--t," "hell") and insults ("lunatic," "putz," "idiot") are heard throughout. Although often said in anger, the language is meant to be ludicrously out of line and funny. In one briefly suspenseful scene, one of the leads has an on-camera heart attack and trips down some stairs but recovers. Tweens and teens who aren't really old enough to pick up on the references to vaudeville, early television, and the world of agents and auditions will still see the laugh-out-loud humor in the old boys' relationship and the frequent clowning.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:November 6, 1975
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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