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The Grand

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: R — for language and some drug content
  • Director: Zak Penn   Cast: Julie Claire, David Cross, Shannon Elizabeth, Mike Epps, Dennis Farina
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
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Matt Bierman


Anchor Bay

Release Date

Mar 21, 2008

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The Christopher Guest improvisational “mockumentary” form is precarious: In a heartbeat the actors can go from too realistic (not funny) to too broad (bye-bye illusion). Zak Penn’s The Grand is a seesaw, but the setting—the high-stakes poker subculture—is remarkably fertile and the actors are a treat. Cheryl Hines has mastered the technique of remaining unaffectedly chirpy in moments of extreme farce, and Ray Romano is a groggy wonder as her husband, who was once struck by lightning and is now a beat behind. Best of all is Chris Parnell, who meets no one’s eyes and holds forth in a singsong monotone—an Asperger’s poster boy even those with the syndrome will find gut-busting.

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