The Sunshine Boys

Neil Simon's most irritating play is no less agonizing on the screen under Herbert Ross's sycophantic direction. Richard Benjamin is an agent trying to reunite his uncle (Walter Matthau), an ex-vaudeville star, with his former partner (George Burns) for a television special. Both men are hopelessly senile, and, what's more, they despise each other—a premise that makes the film seem less like a comedy than a male remake of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Shrill, mechanical, and manipulative, The Sunshine Boys (1975) is quintessential Simon, but Burns's performance provides occasional relief.

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