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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Had to get it because I love Larry David. It's no Curb, but it's good if you're a Larry David/Seinfeld fan.Published 3 months ago by Kristen Polotsky
9$ for a seventeen year old film? I've got Sour Grapes from seeing that price. Got Greed?Published 4 months ago by Paul Kiernan
I remember that I liked it a lot when I saw it--some it must've been10 - 15 years back(1 of those movie channels--I believe). I've even been looking for it on TV--no luck. Read morePublished 17 months ago by marsdaman
Not a masterpiece of cinema, but still a pretty good film.
Probably I'm biased because I'm a huge Seinfeld & Larry David fan, maybe if I don't know that Larry was involved I... Read more
I tried comedy but it really didn't catch me. I laughed some of the time but it was a bit too "whiny" for me.Published on November 17, 2013 by Jo Anne
Thies is an early work of Larry David. It is just OK. His later film and TV productions are really much, much better.Published on August 5, 2013 by Charles E. Sherwood