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Sour Grapes (1998)

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Sour Grapes (DVD)

Sour grapes is what you get when an enormous amount of money ignites a runaway chain of deceit, destruction and dissolution--all because two cousins can't figure out how to share 50 cents ... the 50 cents that one cousin borrows from the other and parlays into a casino jackpot.

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  • Actors: Steven Weber, Craig Bierko, Matt Keeslar, Karen Sillas, Robyn Peterman
  • Directors: Larry David
  • Writers: Larry David
  • Producers: Barry Berg, Laurie Lennard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Castle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0J0F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Let's be fair. It's not Seinfeld or CYE. It IS TV humor and it doesn't really translate very well to a feature film. The premise is standard-mill Larry David and despite what the people who expect another Seinfeld say, it has the LD ring to it. Not terrible, and certainly not great, its an amateurish, mediocre movie...but still funny and ironic enough in parts to warrant a couple of stars.
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Years before Curb your Enthusiasm, and at the end of his Seinfeld run, Larry David creates a movie typical of his style. If you are a fan of Curb, and or a true fan of George, then you will appreciate this movie. It contains some quintessential Larry David-type moments, including those uncomfortable parts. Literally the first-half of this movie seems rather boring, perhaps it takes long to set-up the plot and establish characters. But the second-half is when we see a free-wheeling movie without those first-half encumbrances. You can see some of his Curb humor already in this 1998 movie. "Having said that," it is not a great must-have movie, but still worth it for the low purchase price.
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In the year 1996, at the end of the 7th season of the hit show he helped create, SEINFELD, Larry David went and made a movie called SOUR GRAPES that showcased similarly neurotic characters dealing with taboo subjects in a comical (albeit politically incorrect) way. It was greeted with a beyond-bashing by critics, the coup de gras Roger Ebert's zero star review, where he claimed he could not remember a movie he disliked as much as this one. Ebert admits to really enjoying David's brilliant CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM on HBO, however, and I can only assume SEINFELD as well. So what happened in Larry's first and possibly last foray into film? Is it really that bad?
Well, no. The film is nowhere near as good as either of Larry's shows, and that can be attributed to many factors. First, his kind of comedy is very episodic, so once it is put into a full-length film, something is lost in translation. Also, the leads are essentially playing Larry/Jerry Seinfeld/George Costanza/Cosmo Kramer kind of hybrids, so there is a sense of perhaps tired familiarity to the whole thing, and also, when people act like Larry David that aren't Larry David, it can be off-putting; yes, George and Jerry pulled it off, but they had teams of writers and such to help perhaps weed out the sheer neurotic nature of David. In other words, this is Larry David at full pessimistic tilt; nobody acts morally right, as there is trickery and cruelty coming out the ears, all because of something extremely trivial.
Anyway, the plot screams SEINFELD/CURB/Larry David: cousins Evan (Steven Weber, from WINGS and various films) and Richie (Craig Bierko, who I have only seen elsewhere in SCARY MOVIE 4 as the Tom Cruise-esque character) head to Atlantic City with their girlfriends for some gambling and hotel sex.
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Evan (Steven Weber) is a brain surgeon who runs his practice like a GP. His close cousin Richie (Craig Bierko) reminds us of a bad Brendan Fraser impersonator. Viola Harris plays his stereotypical doting Jewish mother. On a trip to Atlantic City, Evan gives Richie a couple of quarters which turns into a jackpot on the slot machine, which consisted of 3 sets of grapes, hence the wonderfully clever title.

Evan thinks he should get half, while Richie does not. This leads to them both breaking with their girlfriends, a feud between them, and sudden financial irresponsibility on the part of Richie...oh what a clever name too!

The plot is predictable and the jokes and bits are on the stale side. Well conceived, poorly written and executed. Larry David has done better.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, sex, no nudity.
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I don't understand many of the negative reviews, this movie is brilliant....I can't say that's it's all that funny more clever than hilarious. The way the music is set to fit the scene is really over the top, love it
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This is a funny movie, some people just don't get it though as you can see by some of the ratings on here) If you like seinfeld / curb your enthusiasim, this is the movie for you.
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When was the last time you went to your local supermarket, picked up the struff you just had to have? Were you able to walk past that display of fresh grapes, clearly imagine what they would taste in your mouth, without buying a bunch? No? That is what happened with this movie SOUR GRAPES.

I love the prior works of Larry David who was the real driving force behind the first years of the legendary SEINFELD tv series. So, when I was in the process of tracking down the DVD sets of Larry's wonderful CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM cable tv series
(even funnier tha SEINFELD I think), I strumbled upon his movie SOUR GRAPES. I just couldn't resist it, since he not only wrote it, he even directed it. In my mind, I could taste it and was sure it would be great. I was wrong.

Would I recommend it as a curiosity to fans of Larry David? Sure, but it comes across as a flat pilot for a would be tv series. Too long, bad script and lack luster directing. And I still can't figure out how Larry David blew it, since it was given life by one of the funniest and original men in the field of comedy. I just wanted to love it to death, but after viewing it, I was left with a sour
taste in my mind. Nuff said.
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