The Grand Reviews

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April 3, 2008
[Director Zak] Penn eases into the candid style and subdued rhythms of the mockumentary with a breezy confidence.
March 21, 2008
The Christopher Guest troupe couldn't have done it any better, because they would have just done the same contrived characters and uninspired bits.
March 21, 2008
This has lots of TV sitcom stars working very hard to be funny with ludicrous characters. If an actor looks like he's laboring to be funny, he isn't.
March 21, 2008
The Grand is in the grand tradition of Christopher Guest 'mockumentary' comedy satires: Its greatest asset is its eclectic, quirky-funny cast.
March 21, 2008
Even if you know nothing at all about the game, you'd be hard-pressed to find better entertainment for such a modest entry fee.
March 21, 2008
[Director] Penn could not have selected a more spoof-worthy venue than the world of high-stakes Texas Hold 'Em, and he has packed his film with actors -- many of them sitcom or sketch comedy stars -- who get the point of the exercise.
March 21, 2008
As middling mock-docs go, I'll put The Grand ahead of that paintball one (Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story) and Bob Saget's Farce Of The Penguins. And then I'll fold.
March 21, 2008
The 'card flick' has usually been a standard western, drama or crime deal -- that is, until a pack of mostly veteran comic actors tried their hand at improvising, Christopher Guest-style, in the highly amusing The Grand.
March 21, 2008
[Director] Penn has crucially miscalculated, mistakenly assuming we'd rather watch comedic actors play poker instead of watching them be funny.
March 21, 2008
If it never achieves the balance of broad laughs and barbed insights into human frailty of, say, A Mighty Wind, it delivers plenty of sharply funny moments.
March 21, 2008
This failure of steely intention, combined with a not quite satisfactory resolution of the fates of the characters, keeps the movie just shy of being a first-rate comedy.
March 21, 2008
The sort of half-baked vanity project favored by the Tribeca Film Festival, Zak Penn's The Grand features a slew of recognizable faces in a fitfully funny improvised comedy.
March 20, 2008
Penn only wanted to create his world, not explore it, and failing that he axes the players as quickly as possible as though he's bored and ready for the credits
March 20, 2008
Too much of The Grand is eaten up by thin conceits that go nowhere.
March 20, 2008
Director Zak Penn isn't quite up to [Christopher] Guest's level but the highlights of The Grand suggest he could be someday.
March 20, 2008
The entire film is just too low-key and bland to stir enthusiasm.
March 20, 2008
The Grand lacks any sort of urgency or inner propulsiveness; the actors do their little goofs, then hand them off to the next, lending the jest the frolicking but ultimately monotonous quality of a game of tag.
March 18, 2008
Put Herzog at the same table as Hines, Harrelson, Parnell, Cross, and Farina, and poker on film starts to look a lot less dull. Imagine what they could do with Monopoly.
March 17, 2008
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.
March 5, 2008
Did Zak Penn's The Grand, an improvisational comedy set in the world of poker, cast itself?
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