Solid cast, improv nearly give `Grand' a winning hand

Review B-

April 11, 2008|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The year's big dramatic gambling hit, 21, is all plot, no personality; The Grand, a comedy that follows six contenders into the finals of a poker tournament, is all personality, no plot. I'll take personality.

The director and co-writer, Zak Penn, must have decided to indulge in moviemaking by address book. For this improvisational extravaganza, he's managed to corral the likes of Ray Romano, Michael McKean, and Estelle Harris into supporting roles and Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria and director Brett Ratner into even smaller ones.

The Grand (Anchor Bay) Starring Dennis Farina, Woody Harrelson, Chris Parnell, Cheryl Hines, Richard Kind, David Cross. Directed by Zak Penn. Rated R for language and some drug content. Time 104 minutes.

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