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The Grand

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Michael McKean, Woody Harrelson, ...

The Grand

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/21/08
performer:
Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines
director:
Zak Penn
distributor:
Anchor Bay Entertainment
author:
Zak Penn
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C

A far-too-wacky Christopher Guest knockoff. It’s obvious that The Grand‘s director, Zak Penn, set out to make the Best in Show of high-stakes poker, but to raise the ante, he piles up the absurdities and zany backstories — half the movie is zany backstory — so that the characters are never more than the sum of their (overstated) quirks. The cast is game, however. Woody Harrelson as a drug addict out to rescue the family casino, Cheryl Hines as a Long Island hausfrau, Richard Kind as a nerd savant — each of these improv farceurs wins a few laughs. But not enough. C