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The Grand (2008) 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,… 2008-03-21 R PT104M Comedy Woody Harrelson Cheryl Hines Anchor Bay Entertainment
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The Grand (2008)

MPAA Rating: R

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Michael McKean, Woody Harrelson, ... | JOKERS IN THE DECK Michael McKean and Woody Harrelson in The Grand , an improv comedy about high-stakes poker that wastes its aces
JOKERS IN THE DECK Michael McKean and Woody Harrelson in The Grand, an improv comedy about high-stakes poker that wastes its aces
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Mar 21, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 104 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines; Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

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

Originally posted Mar 26, 2008 Published in issue #985 Apr 04, 2008 Order article reprints