House Calls is a stylish, laugh-out-loud comedy, with stellar performances from Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson. They're funny largely because they treat the story and their characters with respect; there's little sense of condescension or contempt for the material. Some of the humor may feel forced at times, but the joke-to-laugh ratio is high, and the few misfired moments are quickly forgotten. References to pop culture are part of House Calls' strong appeal, with fish-out-of-water Matthau trying to reconnect with a lifestyle he had previously abandoned. The supporting cast is solid, with a very funny Art Carney stealing several scenes from his top-billed co-stars.