GRUMPY OLD MEN is yet another entry in the stars-as-feuding-friends genre, designed to give seasoned comic veterans an opportunity to trade insults and exchange kicks in the pants. Though supported by a stellar ensemble running the gamut of their seriocomic paces, it's not enough to
distract viewers from script holes large enough to drive a snowplow through.
Max (Walter Matthau) and John (Jack Lemmon) are next door neighbors who spend time between Minnesota blizzards by ice fishing and goading each other. Max has the edge--an IRS investigator (Buck Henry) is in pursuit of John. Max's former occupation of TV repairman also enables him to sabotage