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The Grand (2007)

 -  Comedy  -  7 June 2007 (USA)
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An improvisational comedy using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament.

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An improvisational comedy using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament.

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A comedy about the fine art of losing

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Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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7 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Untitled Zak Penn Project  »

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$5,400,000 (estimated)

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$16,454 (USA) (21 March 2008)

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$114,669 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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The script was barely 29 pages long. Zak Penn had the actors improvise. See more »

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Chips spread across the table disappear during the Blausteen-Schwartzman game. See more »

Quotes

Renee Jensen: Dad, can I just get my job back, and we can move on from this?
Billionaire Steve Lavisch: Look, two things. First, you don't call me "Dad" unless it's Thanksgiving or your birthday.
Renee Jensen: . . . my birthday. I know. What's the second thing?
Billionaire Steve Lavisch: Thanksgiving . . . or your birthday. That's two.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 22 March 2008 (2008) See more »

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The Ballad of Jim Jones
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Courtesy of The Committee To Keep Music Evil
Under License from Tepid Peppermint Wonderland, Ltd.
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Surprisingly I enjoyed this film
13 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say I really enjoyed this film. I saw it at Tribeca last month and to be honest I didn't have high expectations. I personally don't like most of the movies the writer/director (Zak Penn) has written of late (mostly big action comic book movies), but this is not that kind of film.

What honestly attracted me to this film was that it's an improv style film starring one of my favorite SNL people ever, Chris Parnell. He doesn't disappoint. He plays a lonely poker player who has some kind of mental problem where he's brutally honest and very, very skilled in math (which makes him a great player). Chris steals every scene he's in, which aren't enough if you ask me, but I'm biased so take that with a grain of salt.

The other actors hold their own in their respective roles all working to try and win a big tournament for 10 million dollars. I don't know enough about poker to know if it's at all accurate, but the good thing is the film doesn't really focus on actual poker all that often.

If you like the films of Christopher Guest (which I do), then I think you'll like this film as well.


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