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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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$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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(at around 39 mins) when "The German" claims to have played Russian roulette with slave traders, the picture clearly shows him holding a pistol with a magazine, and not a revolver. See more »

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Harold Melvin: Ruth, if I were a food critic, I would give your cooking five stars -- five stars that had each collapsed into a black hole and merged to form the largest black hole in the universe.
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Coliseum
Written by Phil Garrod, Reed Hays, Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer)
Performed by Phil Garrod, Reed Hays, Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer)
Music Provided by www.freeplaymusic.com
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bests Christopher guest
9 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was hard to get a ticket to the show and I waited in line for a while. I was lucky to get in because it was raining. But once I got inside, I forgot all about being wet because I was laughing too hard.

Now let me just say that I'm not a fan of Zack Penn's movies. I hated X-Men 3 and all the other superhero crap he's written. But I did love Incident At Lock Ness, which I thought was pretty clever and I really loved seeing Werner Herzog (who is my hero, if you couldn't tell from my name) playing with his mystique.

But I guess I should get to actually reviewing this movie. It was hilarious. Even better than Lock Ness. The movie is also a mockumentary, very much like Best In Show by Christopher Guest, but follows a bunch of poker players who are all crazy, as they reach the final table in a poker tournament. They are played by a bunch of recognizable comedians like Ray Romano, the wife from Curb Your Enthusiasm but even better, David Cruss (my favorite character) from the awesome Mr. Show and Chris Parnell from SNL. And of course, the always awesome Herzog, who plays "The German" a guy who likes to kill animals rather than drink caffeine.

What was really cool is that Zack explained in his Q&A afterwords that the final poker table was played for real and whoever won the game, won the movie. I won't spoil who wins, but just say that it makes it totally impossible to predict who wins the movie because all the characters have the same chance of winning.

I think the other reviewer who gave the movie five stars out of ten has something against the movie. It wasn't great art, like Werner's normal movies, but tremendously entertaining. It is very funny, sometimes very slapstick and other times very absurd. I think anyone who likes Christopher Guest movies or any of these great comedians will love the film.


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