Curmudgeons is an American comedy short film written and co-produced by Joshua Conkel. It’s a funny and touching tale about two foul-mouthed senior citizens and their relationship. The film is directed, produced by, and stars Danny DeVito. The cast includes Danny DeVito’s daughter Lucy deVito as well as Sarah Nina Hayon and Kett Turton. DeVito plays one of the two curmudgeons in the film. The other is played by David Margulies, who plays Ralph, a man who cannot stand the sight of another plant in his assisted living facility. The film is a wonderful mix of hilariously crude humour and drama with life lessons being imparted.
Danny DeVito came across the story of Curmudgeons while attending a night of one-act plays in New York, where his daughter Lucy was an acting member. Danny’s longtime friend David Margulies starred in that one-act, and Danny and Lucy have said that they left the theatre immediately thinking that they should turn the play into a short film. It wasn’t until Danny’s son Jake rounded up various members of the cast that they were able to move forward. Joshua adapted his play for the small screen, David reprised his role and Lucy stepped in to play David’s granddaughter. Most importantly, Danny DeVito agreed to be the director and co-star and has worked hard to publicise the film.
The end result is that Curmudgeons is a short film with a soft centre to it that means that it connects well with its audience whilst never becoming too sentimental.
Director: Danny DeVito
Runtime: 16 mins