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Sour Grapes
Sour Grapes
Actors: John Toles-Bey, Craig Bierko, Richard Gant, Philip Baker Hall, Karen Sillas
Director: Larry David
Genres: Comedy
R     2007     1hr 32min

The grapes of laugh from the co-creator of Seinfeld. Steven Webber and Craig Bierko see their friendship go sour after one wins a slots jackpot with two quarters bummed from the other. Year: 1998

     

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Actors: John Toles-Bey, Craig Bierko, Richard Gant, Philip Baker Hall, Karen Sillas
Director: Larry David
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Castle Rock
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/15/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

After twenty minutes I had enough
GUEST ACCOUNT | Amazon.com HQ | 01/06/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Maybe the movie would be better with actors better suited to the material, but I found the main characters off-puttingly petty, venal, loud, and obnoxious. Mind you, I love Curb Your Enthusiasm, which parades all those qualities and worse before the viewer, but as a high concept movie it does not work. The pacing is mediocre, the characters are boring, and the premise is inadequate for a feature length movie. I watched this with a friend who is also a fan of Larry David but neither of us could go the distance."
If you're looking for something laugh-out-loud...
tomfromboston | 11/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The only time I saw this movie was when I rented it; I have since bought it. I didn't see it at the movies because the critics slaughtered it, and I wish I had now. It is a very funny movie, written of course by the co-creator of Sienfield, so expect the twists and turns that Sienfield was infamous for, but with a more adult edge. You will find yourself laughing out loud, almost guiltily, and if you don't, well, you're probably dead. It's pure fluff entertainment and worth the DVD's price. I give this movie five popcorn farts. Great stuff."
Seinfeldesque! A hilarious comedy!
GUEST ACCOUNT | 11/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Steven Weber and Criag Beirko play wonderfully side by side in this side-splitting comedy about best-friend cousins--until one of them, Richie (Beirko), wins a jackpot with his cousin Evan's (Weber) quarters. The antics that follow clearly take the path of a typical "Seinfeld" episode. The most lovable charcter is Richie's mother who worries non stop about her son and would have to be killed if something would happen to her son--like if he got a brain tumor! If you were a fan of "Seinfeld," and then again, who wasn't, don't miss "Sour Grapes.""
After Taste
Mark J. Owens | Little Ellison Wonderland | 09/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When was the last time you went to your local supermarket, picked up the struff you just had to have? Were you able to walk past that display of fresh grapes, clearly imagine what they would taste in your mouth, without buying a bunch? No? That is what happened with this movie SOUR GRAPES.

I love the prior works of Larry David who was the real driving force behind the first years of the legendary SEINFELD tv series. So, when I was in the process of tracking down the DVD sets of Larry's wonderful CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM cable tv series
(even funnier tha SEINFELD I think), I strumbled upon his movie SOUR GRAPES. I just couldn't resist it, since he not only wrote it, he even directed it. In my mind, I could taste it and was sure it would be great. I was wrong.

Would I recommend it as a curiosity to fans of Larry David? Sure, but it comes across as a flat pilot for a would be tv series. Too long, bad script and lack luster directing. And I still can't figure out how Larry David blew it, since it was given life by one of the funniest and original men in the field of comedy. I just wanted to love it to death, but after viewing it, I was left with a sour
taste in my mind. Nuff said.

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