The Grand

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Released 2007

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Director:
Zak Penn
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

The Grand is a comedic mockumentary following six poker players as they prepare for and compete in a poker tournament hosted at a Las Vegas casino called The Rabbit's Foot. The quirky personalities of the contestants underscore their individual motivations for winning the 10 million dollar prize. Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson) is a recovering drug addict who inherited The Rabbit's Foot but now must win his own tournament in order to pay off his debts. Lainie Schwartzman (Cheryl Hines) and Larry Schwartzman (David Cross) are twins whose overbearing father (Gabe Kaplan) has always supported Lainie. Harold Melvin (Chris Parnell) is a lonely math genius who still lives with his mother, while Deuce Fairbanks (Dennis Farina) is an old-timer poker veteran who mocks the modern Las Vegas strip. Finally, Andy Andrews (Richard Kind) is a novice player who somehow qualified for the tournament while searching online for fireplace pokers. Writers Zak Penn and Matt Bierman never scripted a tournament winner but instead allowed the real poker games to determine the film's outcome.

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  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The actors certainly look as if they're having a good time, and if you're in the right mood, you might too.

  • 60

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Safer, more conventional and closer to broad TV sketch humor than Christopher Guest's comedies of manners, The Grand never quite recoups in laughs what it loses in spontaneity.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    Lacks any sort of urgency or inner propulsion; the actors do their little goofs, then hand them off to the next, lending the jest the frolicking but ultimately monotonous quality o...

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Comedy

Themes

Mockumentaries, Showbiz, Satire