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Release Date: March 21, 2008

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Dennis Farina, Richard Kind, Chris Parnell, Ray Romano, Gabe Kaplan, Werner Herzog, and Michael McKean

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 104 minutes

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Robert Clasen, Chairman/CEO, Starz LLC
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Content:

(PaPa, O, B, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Strong pagan worldview overall, plus drug addicted protagonist is visited by his grandfather’s ghost in one scene, plus some good sportsmanship and friendliness in a cutthroat poker tournament; about 41 obscenities (including a fair amount of “f” words and many “s” words), one GD and six light profanities (mostly Oh God); some talk about violence and being struck by lightning; strong sexual immorality includes implied fornication in one scene with woman lying in bed under covers alone plus some sexual jokes, including a few about visiting prostitutes; brief upper male nudity in two or three scenes but no sexual nudity, plus some female cleavage; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking, one instance of depicted drug use and protagonist is a junkie who still has a long way to go before recovery; and, story centers on a poker tournament, real estate developer is unscrupulous, protagonist has been “married” dozens of times in apparent short Vegas flings, family bickers, lying, etc.

Summary:

THE GRAND stars Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano in an improvisational comedy about professional poker players competing in a $10 million poker tournament in Las Vegas. THE GRAND has some honestly funny moments, but it needs a more cohesive story with real jeopardy and has too much gratuitous foul language and too many references to sex and drugs.

Review:

THE GRAND stars Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano in an improvisational comedy about professional poker players in Las Vegas. It also features cameos from comedians like Will Arnett of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

Harrelson plays Jack Faro, a playboy junkie who has squandered his Vegas inheritance from his grandfather, a small casino and hotel called the Lucky Rabbit’s Foot. Even though he admits he has 11 of 12 more steps to go after two years, Jack leaves rehab. His female doctor wants him to stay for both personal and professional reasons, but Jack must get out so he can play in The Grand, a poker tournament established by his grandfather. Jack, who has been “married” dozens of times in brief flings, needs to win the tournament’s $10 million grand prize in order to buy back his grandfather’s casino from an unscrupulous, insane real estate developer. During the tournament, viewers get to know Jack and the other players, including a brother and sister who have issues with their father, an idiot savant with incredible math skills but no friends, a friendly man who claims to be a poker novice, a crazy German with a Nazi-like personality borrowed from fascist interpretations of Nietzsche, and a crusty old gambler with old-fashioned Vegas values.

THE GRAND has some honestly funny moments, but it needs a more cohesive story with real jeopardy. Also, some of the actors indulge themselves by telling unfunny jokes with sexual references or by spouting obscenities. For instance, at least three different actors tell the same offhand joke about visiting prostitutes. THE GRAND also contains plenty of strong, gratuitous foul language and strong drug references. Thus, most moviegoers will find the movie excessive and uneven.

In Brief:

THE GRAND stars Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano in an improvisational comedy about professional poker players in Las Vegas. Harrelson plays Jack Faro, a playboy junkie who has squandered his Vegas inheritance from his grandfather, a small hotel casino. Jack gets out of rehab so he can play in The Grand, a poker tournament established by his grandfather. Jack needs to win the $10 million grand prize to buy back his grandfather’s casino from an unscrupulous real estate developer. During the tournament, viewers get to know Jack and the players, including a brother and sister who have issues with their father, an idiot savant, a friendly man who claims to be a poker novice, and a crusty old gambler.

THE GRAND has some funny moments, but it needs a more cohesive story with jeopardy. Also, some of the actors indulge themselves by telling unfunny jokes with sexual references or by spouting obscenities. About three different actors tell the same offhand joke about visiting prostitutes. THE GRAND also contains plenty of strong, gratuitous foul language and drug references. Most moviegoers will find the movie excessive and uneven.