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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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$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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With the exception of the character conversations away from the game, the entire final table scene was unscripted. The directors chose to play the entire final table for real, meaning that they did not know in advance which of the characters would win, and thus how the movie would end. Because of 'Ray Romano''s shooting schedule, the scene between Lainie and Fred had to be filmed before the final table had been played. Two different scenes were shot to allow for Lainie to either win or lose. The alternative scene is included on the DVD. See more »

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Commentator Phil Godon calls a hand King-Jack of clubs, but the display shows it as King of Spades and Jack of Clubs. See more »

Quotes

Seth Schwartzman: I think if you tell one kid that you don't love him as much, believe me, that kid is gonna try harder.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 22 March 2008 (2008) See more »

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Handclapping Song
Written by Joseph Modeliste, Art Neville (as Arthur Neville), Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr.
Performed by The Meters
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment
By Arrangement with WMG Film & TV Licensing
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... we don't need the scallop potatoes ...
30 May 2008 | by (Harrogate, England) – See all my reviews

I really love this movie ... some of the set pieces are exquisitely timed and are truly very funny, Woody Harrelson is very good throughout and holds everything together well, Chris Parnell is at times hilarious, Gale Kaplan and Werner Herzog put in two brilliant top drawer comic cameos, and even Phil Gordon manages a good deadpan performance (much, much better than his poker?). There are plenty of other astutely drawn characters like Barry 'Sob Story', the 'Bust You Crew' and, need I say, Fred, Andy, Larry, Lainie and all the main characters are excellent.

What story lines there are may be a bit obvious, but they do effectively drive the comedy right through to the epilogue and outtakes

  • I mean, who criticises the plot of Airplane? Story is not what The


Grand is about, it is about laughing at poker, people and poker people.

If you are a poker fan you should love this movie ... I am, so I can't comment if not ... perhaps you won't find it funny at all.


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