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Clear History [Blu-ray]

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Larry David is a disgraced former exec whose past humiliation threatens to disrupt his new life in this HBO Films comedy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny Feb. 25 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you liked Seinfeld if you like Larry David's other creation Curb your enthusiasm, you will also enjoy his latest creation Clear History. The same type of circular storytelling to fill a 90 minute movie. Well done! This movie is is filled with star turns by many other famous actors, some of which you won't immediately recognise. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  39 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lightweight And Broad Comedy From HBO That Allows Larry David To Be Larry David Aug. 28 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When I heard that Larry David from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" was headlining the HBO production "Clear History," I was interested to see if he could expand his acting chops and develop a character not based on himself. The furthest he has ever ventured away from playing Larry David (not counting joke cameos such as The Three Stooges nun) was Woody Allen's "Whatever Works," but that really wasn't much of a stretch either. Any thoughts about a transformative performance were quickly dispelled in the first few minutes of this broad comedy. Sharing a screenplay credit, Larry David has once again written for his go-to character of Larry David. If you like this character, and I do, there are quite a few laughs to be had in this flight of fancy. If it's not your thing, however, I'd definitely take a pass. "Clear History," though, does wisely populate the cast with a number of game actors that really sell the piece from Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, Amy Ryan, Eva Mendes, Danny McBride, Phillip Baker Hall and "Enthusiasm" alum J.B. Smoove. Each is great, really, but this still rests on David's shoulders.

As "Clear History" opens ten years in the past, we meet David as the unorthodox creative type in a start-up company about to unleash an electronic automobile. David can't get past the proposed name for the new car and in a fit of apoplexy decides to leave the company selling his shares back to owner Hamm. Of course, the car is a huge success and David becomes an American whipping boy and national punchline as the man who forfeited a billion dollar windfall. Having to stat life anew, we fast forward to present day and a tranquil life in Martha's Vineyard. Under an assumed identity, David is scraping by as a personal assistant but is surrounded by love and happiness. His idyllic life is shattered, however, when Hamm (and wife Hudson) enter the picture building an enormous estate in the community. Hamm doesn't recognize him, but that doesn't stop David from enacting a revenge scheme to blow up the monstrously huge property (don't ask). With his best friend McBride, they contact Keaton and Hader as the outlaws that can help them get the job done. Most of the movie surrounds David getting access to the house by befriending Hudson and the increasingly silly preparations. That's all I'll say plotwise, but I do want to shout out to both Keaton and Hader for providing (consistently) the film's biggest laughs. In the end, it's all so silly but it's fun enough.

David, as per his specialty, is obnoxious, offensive, or simply oblivious to everyone else in the film and yet still manages to be wildly popular and liked. Supposedly he is a valuable professional with marketing genius. What does that mean? He is disruptive, insulting, and constantly heads off on tangents that have nothing to do with work. Later on at a party, everyone loves him and they even stand around gossiping about what a nice and terrific guy he is. What does that mean? He gets into petty arguments for no reason, ignores others and their feelings, and is generally abrasive and insulting. This behavior is certainly amusing in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" where industry wannabes would certainly put up with such shenanigans from a successful entertainment mogul. It feels slightly less authentic when the salt-of-the-earth regular guy would choose to find it charming. But this is the Larry David shtick, for good or bad, and so "Clear History" succeeds on whether or not the viewer finds it funny. The movie never even approaches realism, it's just a silly little endeavor with a fair share of amusement. For me, the movie rates about 3 1/2 stars but I'll round up for the cast. KGHarris, 8/13.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Seinfeld & Curb Your Enthusiasm you will love this movie. I highly recommend this. Super Funny. I say A. Sept. 8 2013
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
"You can't name a car Howard!" Nathan (David) is an ad executive who is the best at what he does. After getting into a fight over what to name a new model of car with his boss Will (Hamm) he quits. When the car hits big and makes everyone involved with it very very rich Nathan moves and changes his name. Ten years later, he is content and happy with his new life in Martha's Vinyard. When Will moves to the Vinyard Nathan begins to think of ways to get him to leave. His best idea is to blow up his house. First and foremost this movie is hilarious. But like I have said before I have a specific style of humor that I love. The humor in this one is very Seinfeld like, which makes sense since 4 of the 4 writers wrote for Seinfeld. There are long tirades and running jokes about which car should back up on a one lane road, the placement of electrical outlets and the band Chicago. I laughed a lot throughout. Overall, if you like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm you will love this movie. I highly recommend this. I give it an A.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for a funny and familiar Larry David Aug. 22 2013
By M. Oleson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Note: This is a review based on a high definition viewing from HBO. There might be spoilers.

Nathan Flomm (Larry David) is a long haired and bearded marketing executive who works for Will Haney (John Hamm) the owner/inventor of a new electric car. Nathan was an early investor and owns 10% of the stock. When Will decides to name the car the "Howard," Nathan rebels. Will offers to buy back Nathan's 10%. The Howard becomes a huge success, although this car is so ugly it makes the Pontiac Aztec look like a Ferrari.

Nathan, unemployed and unhireable becomes the laughing stock of the country because his hasty decision cost him an estimated 1 billion dollars. He moves across county to Martha's Vineyard near Boston and becomes a clean shaven, bald companion to an elderly spinster. David brings his character from his TV show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with him to the role. Now known locally as Rolly, he shoots out constant zingers at his friends and others in the small community. The band "Chicago" is a key plot element and provide much of the film's soundtrack. The much visited joke has to do with whether or not Larry's former girlfriend Wendy (Amy Ryan) had performed fellatio on various members of the band when they appeared there 20 years earlier.

When Rolly's former business enemy, Will moves to the neighborhood with his hot wife, Rhonda (Kate Hudson), he's worried that he will be recognized. His salvation comes when he learns the townsfolk are up in arms over Will's building of a huge mansion which doesn't fit the look of the quaint town. Perhaps the best character in the film is Joe Stumpo (hilarious Michael Keaton), a usually drunk local who is constantly making noise about the big house being built. Together with Rolly's best friend, Frank (Danny McBride) and Joe's sidekick Rags (Bill Hader), they conspire to blow up the unfinished house while everyone is attending the "Chicago" concert.

Unbeknownst to Rolly, Will has been searching for Nathan to offer a gesture of conciliation. In one of the funniest bits, Rolly has been hitting on Rhonda based on her wiping off a smudge of mustard off his face and the fact that she asks him to check her teeth for debris. "Enthusiasm" regular J. B. Smoove is along for the ride as counter to David's constant criticism. Eva Mendes goes from a fat gal Rolly ignored to a skinny girl with sex appeal and back to chubby. For those needing a fix of Larry David and his character on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" this movie should satisfy. For others Larry David may be an acquired taste.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIKE YOU NEVER MADE A MISTAKE Dec 2 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Nathan (Larry David) works for Electron Motors, an up and coming electric car company. When the owner (Bill Hader) decides to name the car "Howard" Nathan objects and quits the company. When the "Howard" becomes the next greatest innovation, Nathan become the brunt of national humor. Nathan changes his name to go live a quiet life on Martha's Vineyard...until his former boss decides to live there too.

The comedy was light and the Chicago music was heavy. I enjoyed some of the initial humor, but as the film went on some of the fresh humor became stale as they ran out of new ways to make fun of Nathan's neat compulsion. Howard inadvertently becomes a nemesis to Jaspar (J.B. Smoove) a bit that I liked. The film was able to tie together bits and pieces, i.e. circle around, something I expect in good writing. The problem was that the jokes were not that good and the sexual humor wasn't that funny.

Works as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Sex talk.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Jerk Nov. 21 2013
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Very Funny!

If Steve Martin had not already made "The Jerk", it would have made a great title for this movie even though Larry David plays the part of a jerk with a brain. I would expect that some viewers would find Larry David's jerk to be so annoying that it would spoil the film, but I would also expect that most viewers would see this for the great comedy it is. The range of comedy runs from clever irony to stooge slapstick. I enjoy watching comedies with others because it seems to add to the enjoyment, but I watched this one at home by myself and still laughed aloud. Supporting characters were also very funny and were a surprise in some instances.

I recommend this for all who have a sense of humor.
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