Matthau (who lost to Gene Hackman for THE FRENCH CONNECTION), the Hamlisch-Mercer tune "Life is What You Make It", Winters' film editing and Portman and Solomon's sound design took Oscar nominations in this, the only picture directed by Jack Lemmon to date. Unfortunately, there was some
unfortunate nepotism in the casting. Matthau is a crotchety 72-year-old living with son Aidman, daughter-in-law Farr, and their tiny son (played by twins Donald and Dean Kowalski). Matthau is totally alert, perhaps too alert for Farr, who wishes he'd move into a retirement home, because his
presence is invasive. He's happy as the babysitter for his grandson but becomes irked when Fa...