Buddy Buddy

Buddy Buddy

I couldn’t say no to Billy, and I didn’t want to say no to being in a Billy Wilder picture. But this wasn’t a Billy Wilder picture.

– Walter Matthau

I tell you, you are talking to a man who is at the end of his rope!

– Victor (Jack Lemmon)

And so we come to the great auteur’s last production, a painful farewell in more ways than one. The abysmal score isn’t nearly as distressing as witnessing the desperate-for-work Wilder and Diamond not playing to their strengths at all. A remake of the French farceĀ L’Emmerdeur, the movie becomes increasingly haphazard in its quest for laughs, and renders that great comic pairing – Lemmon and Matthau – utterly unlikable. Oh, 80s.