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The Grand

3.3 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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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).

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013ERFFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,854 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grand" on IMDb

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
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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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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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This movie is all about characterizations and performance as the story line is very slim and not all that important. However, the characters are interesting and well performed. The movie has plenty of comedy and pathos but could have been more tightly edited as there are some moments where things seem to drag. There are some really excellent performances but they unfortunately are delivered in a rickety vehicle. Did I love it? No. Did I like it? Yes. Would I watch it again? Maybe.
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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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This is a fairly plot-less quirky movie about a poker tournament. The film gives you the background of a number of fictional players, and then you watch them play cards and interact. THE PLAYERS:

"One Eye" Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson)- Has spent his last 2 years in rehab. Has never met a girl he didn't marry or a drug he didn't like. Wants to save the casino he inherited.

Harold Melvin (Chris Parnell)- He is a math nerd who his heavily into "Dune". Lives at home with his mother (Estelle Harris)....by will alone.

Laine Schwartzman (Cheryl Hines)She is from Long Island and has always been her Dad's (Gabe Kaplain) favorite. She is married to Fred (Ray Romano ) who has been hit by lightning and is not all together, but is functional. He likes to make up handshakes and sayings.

Lanny Schwartzman- (David Cross) The nerdy brother of Laine. She always beat him at games as a child. Nobody beats her at Candyland...ask her kids.

Deuce Fairbanks (Dennis Farina)- Old time poker gambler.

The German (Werner Herzog)- He is also an old time gambler. He enjoys all kinds of gambling and killing small animals.

Andy Andrew (Richard Kind)- He is the new breed of Internet gambler, a math teacher from Wisconsin. His wife Sharon (Judy Greer ) owns the finest ribbon shop in Dour Wisconsin.

The movie is hit and miss. If you are into the characters, you will find a film worthy of a view. If not, you will be bored to tears. It is difficult to determine that before you watch it. I like Woody, so for me it was an easy choice.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, no real sex, magazine nudity...which didn't make sense, but then again I don't think it was supposed to make sense.
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