THE GRAND Add To My Top 10
Mostly Not Grand
Release Date: March 21, 2008
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz LLC
Director: Zak Penn
Executive Producer: Matt Bierman
Writer: Zak Penn and Matt Bierman
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(Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment)
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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.
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.