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'Odd Couple' playing at the Paramount

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Neil Simon's film adaptation of his famous comedic play The Odd Couple will be playing at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora tonight at 7pm.

The Odd Couple, originally released in 1968, is written by playwright Neil Simon and stars Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The film was adapted for the big screen after runaway Broadway success as a play in the 1960's.

The story is about a man named Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon), who contemplates suicide after his wife tells him she wants a divorce and throws him out of the house. Fellow poker-playing buddy Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau) hears of the bad news and insists that Felix come stay with him in his pig sty bachelor pad apartment.

Within the first day of the new living arrangement do the comedic shenanigans ensue as the messy, unkept Oscar begins to rattle every last nerve of the clean-cut, straight-as-an-arrow Felix. The chemistry (or lack there of) of the two make for a hilarious tale of two opposites attempting to make the best of a bad situation as they "bond" through funny scenarios of bowling, shooting pool, walking the streets of New York City, and even a double-date that can only go wrong.

The film was even more successful than the play, grossing $44.5 million at the box office in 1968 and prompting ABC television to create a TV show version that starred Tony Randall as Felix and Jack Klugman as Oscar.

Tickets for tonight's showing of The Odd Couple are just $1 as part of the Paramount Theatre's nostalgiac Movie Mondays, where classic hits of the big screen's past are shown. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 East Galena Blvd. in Aurora near the Hollywood Casino. For more information call 630-896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.

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