This is by no means a new invention. Lionel Barrymore’s diligent Mr. Potter watched the dramatic plan put forward by the grumpy cookie-pincher Ebenezer Scrooge, while injecting an innocent sardonic humorous element in “The Only Couple”, “Bad News Bears” and “Grumpy Old Man”. “Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thornton has brought middle age abuse to the next malicious decadent level in” Bad Santa Claus “.
In recent times, undertaking such grumpy roles has become a parade for women, with actors of certain AARP appropriate demos, especially men. Where would Robert De Niro and Shirley MacLaine’s late life be without such humble old timers?