The film centres on life long friends, Max Goldman (played by Walter Matthau) and John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon), who live in the frozen surroundings of the Minnesota Tundra. Both men are retired and widowed. They enjoy a restful and simple life with the usual visits to their immediate family and ice fishing.
However, their typical days change when a boisterous woman, Ariel Truax (Ann-Margret), comes to their neighborhood. At first, both of them pretend not to be interested when the woman tries to befriend them. However, when a storeowner and fellow neighbour, Chuck (Ossie Davis), introduces them, both men give in. As Ariel becomes part of their daily lives, the two men find themselves competing for her attention and affection. Initially, Max seems to have the advantage in their rivalry. However, the situation changes when Ariel, during a dinner at Gustafson’s home, confesses her feelings to him.
Grumpy Old Men is a fantastic film filled with remarkable performances by the finest Hollywood legends -- plus its numerous well-timed humours. This is a highly recommended film.