Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Grand

The director of Incident at Loch Ness puts together another great mockumentary. He tells a brilliantly weaving tale of poker's oddball characters. Think Best in Show meets the World Poker Tour. They take several stereotypes from the math genius to the loudmouth. I wonder if Ted Forrest and Mike Matasou are getting royalties!

It was great to see lots of poker greats and all the celebrity cameos from the poker world. I would've liked to see them ribbed a bit for coming across in real life as such big wannabes, but it was fun treating the movie like Where's Waldo and trying to spot all the stars in their very small roles at times.

IMDB: The Grand
  • OVERALL: 92
  • VISUAL: 93
  • STORY: 92
  • ACTING: 90
  • BETTER THAN: Shade
  • NOT AS GOOD AS: Maverick
  • WAS MISSING: For all the celebrity poker players in the movie (playing "real" players), they didn't actually take shots at celebrities who desperately want to be serious poker players! And where is Barry Greenstein when you want him!?
  • SEE IT FOR: Ray Romano's fantasy football scenes are pure gold.

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