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Sour Grapes
     

Sour Grapes

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Director: Larry David,

Cast: Larry David, Steven Weber, Craig Bierko, Matt Keeslar

 

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Sitcom veteran Larry David, the co-creator of TV's Seinfeld, made his big-screen directorial debut with this clever comedy featuring distinct Seinfeld overtones. Sour Grapes was released April 17, 1998, only four weeks prior to the last Seinfeld episode. Selma Maxwell (Viola Harris) is the adoring mother of boyish, fun-loving shoe designer

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Sitcom veteran Larry David, the co-creator of TV's Seinfeld, made his big-screen directorial debut with this clever comedy featuring distinct Seinfeld overtones. Sour Grapes was released April 17, 1998, only four weeks prior to the last Seinfeld episode. Selma Maxwell (Viola Harris) is the adoring mother of boyish, fun-loving shoe designer Richie (Craig Bierko), who would like to see his more-mature cousin Evan (Steven Weber), a respected neurologist, enjoy himself more. So the two head for Atlantic City for a gambling weekend. They lose heavily at the tables and soon are down to pocket change at the slot machines. After Richie inserts his last quarter, he asks Evan for two coins to go a final round. The spinning cylinders land on three grape clusters, triggering alarms, flashing lights, and a $400,000 jackpot. Richie is ecstatic. But Evan feels that since the win was made with his quarters, he deserves 50%. Richie refuses, and heady with power, Richie soon turns nasty and is fired after he insults his boss. Richie's girlfriend Roberta (Robyn Peterman) suggests he settle down and give Evan something, while Joan (Karen Sillas) wants Evan to drop his money demands. An attempt to renew the friendship goes awry when Richie finds Evan's jogging-suit gift ludicrous, while Evan becomes incensed by an offer of only 3% of Richie's $400,000. The film's score punctuates the escalating conflict with witty excerpts from familiar classical compositions.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
It's difficult to express the depth of sheer loathing with which this comedy from Seinfeld co-creator Larry David was greeted upon its theatrical release; "despised" would not be too harsh a phrase to describe the reaction of the typical critic. However, a tiny, drowned-out minority correctly identified the writer/director's feature debut as a viciously funny, unabashedly cynical exploration of social mores and ethics gone berserk. The film's only real flaws are a distracting, clichéd classical music soundtrack (what, they couldn't afford Randy Newman or Mark Mothersbaugh?) and a rather too-consciously familiar cast of characters. David's dark side, which resulted in many of Seinfeld's most controversial episodes, is unleashed here and he relishes making comic hay out of the most tragic situations possible, including death, terminal illness, crime, and just sheer, unexpurgated selfishness. His is a vision of humanity that may not go over like the life-affirming tonic that so many expect from the traditional lukewarm mainstream comedy, but David has to be respected as an artist sticking to his guns and giving his id free reign to invent audacious and startling material. Like Office Space (1999), another excellent but ignored late-'90s comedy from a TV show producer, Sour Grapes (1998) is a lost gem destined to be rediscovered in subsequent years on -- ironically -- television.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
UPC:
0053939273526
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Castle Rock
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
59,145

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Weber Evan Maxwell
Craig Bierko Richie Maxwell
Matt Keeslar Danny Pepper
Karen Sillas Joan
Robyn Peterman Roberta
Viola Harris Selma Maxwell
Orlando Jones Digby
Jennifer Leigh Warren Millie
Richard Gant Detective Crouch
James MacDonald Detective Frehill
Sonya Eddy Nurse Loder
Philip Baker Hall Mr. Bell
Ann Guilbert Mrs. Drier
John Toles-Bey Lee

Technical Credits
Larry David Director,Screenwriter
Barry Berg Executive Producer
Charles Butler Art Director
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
Rob Janiger Sound/Sound Designer
Laurie Lennard Producer
Liberman/Hirschfeld Casting Casting
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly Editor
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sour Grapes
1. Credits Gone Sour [1:51]
2. Richie, Take Care [2:22]
3. Enclosed Space With Fruit [2:47]
4. Jackpot! [4:04]
5. It's the Principle [5:32]
6. Not Albert Schweitzer [3:07]
7. Dumbo's Passenger [2:57]
8. Death Before Payoff [2:10]
9. Knock Knock, You're Fired [3:25]
10. Thanks for the Input [3:26]
11. 3 Percent [3:39]
12. Richie's Prognosis [3:30]
13. Mom's Late-Night Guest [5:27]
14. Calling Dr. Joker [2:14]
15. Reliable Eyewitnesses, Unreliable X-ray [2:57]
16. What Happened Was [2:44]
17. A Little Spanish [4:56]
18. Sick but Noble [1:36]
19. Pray She Lives [4:27]
20. Very Bad Vibes [3:34]
21. Doctor-Recommended [3:21]
22. Not Just One Reason [3:00]
23. Evan's Fee [4:12]
24. Surprise Visitors [3:51]
25. Payment Due [3:44]
26. A Long Story [2:29]
27. End Credits [4:04]

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Sour Grapes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this movie. it was hilarious, about two cousins growing up together like brothers and screwing around. You know, they've could've been more like half-brothers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Craig Bierko so I just HAD to see this movie. I can honestly say that this is the funniest movie I have ever seen. All of the actors do an excellent job of ''becoming'' their character, and the plot is so twisted it will keep you laughing non-stop! I recommended this comedy to everyone I know, and if you really want a movie to make you laugh so hard it hurts, rent ''SOUR GRAPES''!!!! It will most likely become one of your favorite movies too!