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The Grand (2007)

Woody Harrelson , Chris Parnell , Zak Penn  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Chris Parnell
  • Directors: Zak Penn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay - ITN
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013ERFFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grand" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate Endings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Wild Cards: Player Profiles
  • Audio Commentary
  • Selected Scene Commentaries with Actors

Editorial Reviews

Woody Harrelson stars as One-Eyed Jack Faro, a not-quite-fully-rehabbed gambler, party monster, and serial marry-er hoping to save his late grandfather's hotel-casino by winning $10 million cash at The Grand Championship Of Poker. But first he'll have to beat a Vegas field of geeks, gurus, online amateurs, greedy developers, ruthless housewives, old-school pros and more of the top players in the world for the largest prize in poker history. Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, Mike Epps, Judy Greer, Werner Herzog, Gabe Kaplan, Michael McKean, Phil Gordon and Doyle Brunson co-star in this no-limit comedy from director Zak Penn (Incident At Loch Ness).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I never answer requests with a positive June 26, 2008
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
When Zak Penn is not writing movies about the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America, he does some quirky little indie movies.

And the follow-up to "Incident at Loch Ness" is a far steadier animal -- a sort of mockumentary about a professional poker competition, and the wide range of weirdos connected to it. It starts off rather slowly, but Penn quickly hits his stride -- the resulting movie has all of Vegas' flashy glitz, and the quirk factor of a long-lost Christopher Guest mockumentary.

Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson) inherited the Lucky Rabbit's Foot casino from his grandfather, but the casino has fallen on hard times -- primarily because Jack is addicted to everything he can snort, inject or drink, and he's been married seventy-four times. As the movie opens, he's been living in rehab for two years straight.

Now a casino mogul (a gloriously cutthroat Michael McKean) is going to raze the Rabbit's Foot unless Jack can produce the money. His only hope is to win The Grand, a professional poker competition against some of the greatest poker players in the world -- including frustrated housewife, her obnoxious brother, a vitriol-tongued savant, a cutthroat veteran, a psychopathic German and a teacher from the Frostbite Amputation Capital of the World.

So despite sponsoring the Grand, Faro joins it. But to save the Rabbit's Foot, he's not only going to have to survive the first rounds -- he'll have to use luck and skill to deal with the most cutthroat and/or talented poker players in the world. Tensions rise as the players work towards the final round -- but who will win ten million dollars?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Safe Bet for Laughs June 12, 2008
The secret behind any good poker player is ambition -- elevating the poor hand and turning it into a winner -- and THE GRAND, as a film, gives it a good shot. With plenty of recognizable faces (Woody Harrelson, Dennis Farina, Michael McKean just to name a few), the film plays out like a bad poker hand -- through a series of awkward bluffs -- and ends up coming off much better than luck or skill probably intended or deserved, especially for fans of any of these types of films. For harmless laughs, it's a safe bet. The grand problem with THE GRAND is that the narrative never quite figures out what it wants to be: a mockumentary, a reality-show spoof, or a traditional big screen comedy. The film boasts equal parts of each type of film, and, unfortunately, never mesh into a fully formed whole.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally funny, mostly pathetic July 8, 2008
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This film had its moments of humor, but they were few and far between, and likely as not to be found in one of the deleted scenes or character profiles. In fact, some of the funniest bits are with the real-world poker stars who make cameo appearances in the film.

The story centers on a $10 million poker tournament called The Grand (hence the name of the movie). The film was made on location in the old section of Las Vegas, in and around the Golden Nugget. Woody Harrelson is the main character in the movie and the only one in the tournament who is trying to win for semi-altruistic reasons. A heavy drug and alcohol abuser, who has lived in a rehab center for several years, he wants to buy back the casino he inherited from his dead uncle and then lost through various combinations of substance abuse and stupid decisions.

Of all the main characters, Woody Harrelson is perhaps the most likable, with Dennis Farina taking a close second place. Richard Kind's character is funny at first, but he quickly gets annoying and you find yourself glad when he makes his exit. The rest of the crew is a combination of mean and/or pathetic in different amounts.

The film is somewhat educational in that, if you know nothing about poker, you'll learn a few terms and some of the techniques employed by professional players. It is also good in that it doesn't really glamorize gambling, as the players are generally pathetic losers, each with their own crippling idiosyncrasies and lack of social skills. Harrelson's substance abuse is likewise portrayed in a pathetic light - he only manages to pass out in his hotel room after his "bender".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best, again July 3, 2008
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It comes close to being a waste of resources. A lot of plastic was used unnecessarily to do this movie. Slow and boring are a bit understated but I know of no words that sound worse or more informative. The acting was stiff and almost unnatural. It is a shame that some folks are going to think that this is the way to play polka. Perhaps this is the way to dance the polka but certainly not the way to play it. This was a movie that you did not push the pause button. You simply went to the fridge to get your icecream and come back when you were ready but hoping that the movie would be over and low and behold - it was not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just go with the flow March 27, 2013
By Kuhndog
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My wife and I saw this movie while flipping through the TV stations. We had never heard of this movie, but were intrigued by the opening. It was hilarious (the movie, not the opening. The opening is a little slow.) Other reviewers say the movie tries and fails at the mostly improv humor. We had no problem with that. All the poker player stereotypes are present and aren't too over the top. Plus, I liked the extras. As a rule, I enjoy the extras, while my sainted wife is there strictly for the movie or TV program. Sorry... bottom line. If you are a world series of poker fan, and you enjoy the Christopher Guest improv movies (or Arrested Development for that matter) you will enjoy this movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Packaging not great
There were tears in the plastic and through the cover. The movie is hilarious, though! I definitely recommend watching it!
Published 3 months ago by Kaleena Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny!
I love this movie. I read online that the entire thing is ad-libbed, and after having watched it 10 times, who am I to say that it isn't? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Witty
If you like Poker, comedy and cheesy drama you will love this movie. A lot of poker star cameos. Great humor. Was extremely pleasantly surprised when I watched it.
Published 7 months ago by Jenny Haggard
4.0 out of 5 stars The first half is worth it, but it peters out.
First half is funny as hell, but it peters out in the second half, when it turns into an episode of Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Published 14 months ago by Brian Boyko
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $3 I paid for it!
As you can see, I did buy the DVD for this movie and it's not worth the $3 I paid for it.

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Published 18 months ago by S. Der
4.0 out of 5 stars funny.
Really well made movie. Kind of in the same vein as Best in Show. Would recommend to anyone whether yours a fan of poker or not.
Published 18 months ago by Miles Z Comparetto
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie!
Knowing that it was an "improv" piece makes it even better. Very surprising cast of characters in a fun, quirky story.
Published 20 months ago by Nancy Strother
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast; Awful Movie; BORING
I love poker but hated this boring, no action, contrived plot movie. Too much dull talking and I kept waiting for it to get better. It did not. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mitch "attack dog"
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing, though not all the improv works.
The Grand (Zak Penn, 2007)

It is damned tough to make a good movie about poker. Many have tried since the poker boom hit. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Its ok but expected more out of this. Think the characters that I found amusing had very little in the movie. Maybe thats why they were amusing. Ok overall
Published 21 months ago by Bill Shearin
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