The Grand Rates ‘Rotten,’ Opens Tomorrow in LA and NYC

Zak Penn‘s improvisational poker movie The Grand, which we predicted will not be so grand at the box office, finally hits theaters tomorrow in Los Angeles and New York City and will open elsewhere on April 4.

Shannon Elizabeth of Dancing with the Stars at The Grand PremiereAccording to limited reviews recorded by Rotten Tomatoes, the film is currently scoring 44% on the Tomatometer, meaning it’s received more “rotten” reviews from critics than “fresh” ones. Still, it’s faring much better than Lucky You, which charted at 29%.

If you’ve missed our past posts about the film, The Grand is a Waiting for Guffman-like mockumentary of the poker world that stars Woody Harrelson as One Eyed Jack Faro, a degenerate pokerer who attempts to save his dead dad’s hotel-casino from a real estate developer by taking down the world’s most famous high stakes tournament, the Grand Championship of Poker.

Joining Harrelson in the cast are Werner Herzog, Gabe Kaplan, Michael “David St. Hubbins” McKean, Hank Azaria, Dennis Farina, Chris Parnell, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Jason Alexandar, Ray Romano, Richard Kind, and Shannon Elizabeth, who if we haven’t mentioned it yet, is on Dancing With the Stars.

Also in the film are a few poker pros including Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak and Phil Gordon.

Not in the film, Keeley Hazell.

Check out The Grand‘s trailer and links to reviews of the film after the jump . . .

The Grand’ doesn’t take the game seriously – LA Times

Just a Minute With: Woody Harrelson on life and poker – Reuters

It’s a Full House – National Post

Poker Jokers – LA City Beat

The Grand: Worth the Gamble – Village Voice

The Grand – Critic’s Pick – New York Magazine

The Grand – 3 Stars – Globe and Mail

Cast of ‘The Grand’ picks classic poker scenes that got the game right – LA Times


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