Larry David says he’s not sure if there will be more Curb Your Enthusiasm, but his relationship with HBO has given us a movie like Clear History. And ultimately it`s something worth checking out, especially if you’re a Curb or Larry David-fan.
David has been one of the most important names for HBO when it comes to comedy, and HBO seems like they want to keep doing business with David so it’s possible that we’ll see more ventures like this in the future. Or better yet we can finally get a ninth season of Curb, but since there’s no green light as of now we wouldn’t expect that season to air until late 2014 or beyond.
The improv comedy elements of Curb are certainly present in this film. While CYE certainly had its share of stars Clear History is filled with actors David hasn’t worked with before such as Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Danny McBride (who we know as Kenny Powers in HBO`s Eastbound & Down) and Michael Keaton. Most of them with no experience in the kind of comedy that’s going on in Clear History, but in the end it works for the most part in this movie.
The movie feels like a long episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm because it`s a movie much about failure. And that`s something Larry David has explored so much over the years when it comes to comedy. The best part about the movie is seeing Larry David and J.B. Smoove together again to argue again like they did on Curb. When it comes to the rest of the cast it`s especially fun to see Michael Keaton being revengeful (something that brings back memories of Beetlejuice). Both Bill Hader and Liev Schreiber have small parts as some of the biggest idiots and that also helps with bringing in some fun.
It`s Nathan/Rolly’s revenge plot that brings the characters together though and at times it feels a bit labored and over-done. But the movie is about as close to a new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm as you can get. In the end Clear History is a good effort, but it also could have been more satisfying than an extended episode of Curb.
As a Curb-fan you will enjoy this for sure. It’s prettay, prettay, prettay good!
But don’t take my word for it, here are some reviews from around the web:
Clear History is a perfect little movie that makes the wait for another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm all the more painful. Every actor is at the top of his/her game (even Hudson, who has had a string of terrible movie roles), and David offers a few poignant moments on top of the singalong Chicago soundtrack.
New York Times:
“Clear History” is a gift to fans who miss “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and fear that Mr. David won’t return to it. But it’s also a reminder of how rare it is to find this kind of sophisticated farce in movie theaters.
Clear History” is so funny it made me want to order up some Palestinian chicken.
Monsters and Critics:
HBO’s “Clear History” [is a] hilarious summer film. (…) I love Larry David’s latest incarnation of himself in a tip of the hat to Martha’s Vineyard by way of San Jose.
If you missed Clear History last night you can catch it On Demand or on HBO Go right now!