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Movie Details

Title:   The Grand
Director:   Zak Penn
Year:   2007
Genre:   Mockumentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   08.30.08

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Incident at Loch Ness

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
08.30.08Netflix Incident at Loch Ness was pretty good; I particularly liked how Penn played with Herzog's image. This Christopher Guest-esque poker movie is also pretty good although it's one of those movies that's pretty evident that the people making the movie are having more fun that the people watching it. Not to say it isn't occasionally funny and worth watching if you've ever watched Celebrity Poker Showdown or one of the World Series' on late-nite ESPN38... I'm especially impressed with all the recognizable faces even in roles with like 20 seconds of screen time (like Mike Epps). Again, Werner Herzog as "The German" with Tiny Lister as a bodyguard is awesome even if we didn't know his little petrie dish he had at the table with him was full of ants so he could kill something whenever he needed a boost unless you get the DVD and listen to the commentary (Penn still tries too hard and isn't as funny as he thinks he is). Ray Romano is actually very funny here... and his post-game scene is refreshingly poignant and positive (in both the movie version and the alternate ending version). Phil whatshisname is also pretty good... probably I laughed hardest when Phil challenged his co-anchor to do simple math.

It's still pretty inside - probably why it wasn't talked about more considering the talent involved - but I liked it ok. Definitely worth watching.
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