By Alan Pergament
If you're a regular reader, you know that I am a huge fan of Larry David and his HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
I also was HUGELY disappointed that David isn't making any "Curb" episodes this year.
That's one reason why I was greatly anticipating David’s HBO movie, "Clear History," which premieres on the pay-cable network at 9 p.m. Saturday and plays several more times throughout the month.
I wasn't hugely disappointed in it, but I will say it feels a little like an overlong episode of "Curb" combined with some moments from David's former series, "Seinfeld."
And while 30-minute episodes dealing with David’s petty annoyances and selfish behavior can be a hoot, 110 minutes can be, well, a little annoying. I almost thought "History" would never end.
David certainly has attracted an impressive cast. Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Bill Hader, Liev Schreiber and J.B. Smoove go along with him for a typically absurd ride.
David stars as Nathan Flomm, a marketing executive for an electric car company started by Hamm's character, Will Haney, who wants to call the innovative car The Howard.
His name may change, but David’s character traits haven’t. He provokes an agreement, gets fired, loses millions, goes into hiding in Martha’s Vineyard under an assumed name, is re-discovered by Haney and then concocts an act of revenge that is as likely to succeed as George Costanza is likely to grow hair.
The first 30 minutes or so when Flomm’s obsession with how silver is placed on napkins, insincere apologies and birthday email etiquette is “Curb”-like amusing but eventually all the craziness involving an unrecognizable Keaton goes wildly too far and on for too long.
This isn't to say I wouldn't recommend "Clear History," especially after paying to see a couple of time-wasting theatrical comedies this summer – "Grownups 2" and "We’re the Millers" – that don’t have half the laughs in David’s little movie.
Just don't expect to be as hugely entertained as you would be by a few episodes of "Curb."
2 and a half stars out of 4
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