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The three main characters of Grumpy Old Men are John Gustafson Max Goldman and Ariel The movie takes place in the frozen Minnesota town of Wabasha over the Christmas holidays The two men have been at war with each other for fifty years Throughout the movie both characters call each other names when the greet each other like Hi dick head putz and moron The two also used their homes as command posts and measured the success of their days by playing nasty jokes on each other John in his 70s liked to play chess by himself while talking about the relative merits of having a stroke an accident or a heart attack as the death of choice He entertains himself by listening to opera while fishing through an ice hole in his shanty on a nearby lake Lounging in an easy chair in perfect wear only to be disturbed by the fish or Max Max also in his 70s occupies himself full time by searching for ways to shock his neighbor John His other activities consist of watching television and obsessing over ice fishing Ariel an attractive 52 year old widow and a professor who believes she is starting to loose her figure but little of her appeal She arrives with a moving van crammed with New Age sculptures and a snowmobile Her zest for life is shows throughout the move The town is small seeming to be a in kind of neighborhood where everybody spends all their time either out in front of the house shoveling snow or inside of the house peering out through the curtains Even though John and Max are feuding enemies they both go ice fishing together When they do go fishing together which means they go separately but adjacently so they can scowl at one another Life changes for both the men when Ariel moves in across the street The two old men now have a
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