The Odd Couple: Who Should See It?

 

Synopsis: Performed on alternating nights between a female version and male version, Neil Simon tells the story of two suddenly single pals (Felix and Oscar in the male version and Florence and Olive in the female version)—one sloppy and one a fastidious neat freak — straining their friendship by turning roommates and unconsciously repeating the same mistakes they made in the marriages they just left.

 

The male version was the basis for the launch of the 1968 movie, The Odd Couple and became a franchise name on television in the late 60s and 70s.  The female version takes place 20 years later in 1985 and follows the same story line as the male version.

 

The genius in this staging is comparing the characters each night and how similar they are to each other, but separated by 20 years and, oh yes, opposite sexes.

 

Themes: Relationships, friendship, loyalty, mental illness, self-esteem, communication, issues of self-love

 

Language/Sexual References: Consistent and variant uses of the word “God damn” and “Jesus Christ”, as well as the occasional variant use of “shit” and “ass”.  Sexual innuendo and situations.

 

Smoking/Drinking/Drug Use:  Both versions involve occasional smoking by adults, as well as occasional alcohol use.

 

Violence: Inferences about committing suicide, though it does not really happen and is used for comedic, dramatic effect.

 

For Which Audiences?  Strong language and mature situations may be discomforting to more conservative audience members. Parental guidance is strongly recommended and material may be not suitable for younger audiences 12 years of age and under. 

 

Rating: Movie would be rated PG-13 for strong language and mature themes.

 

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