resurrected: No need to curb enthusiasm
SNYDER - TimeOut Movie Critic
two weekends now, Iíve experienced the strangest, most
glorious sense of dťjŗ vu.
"Seinfeld" has returned to
my weekly routine.
Larry David, the creator of "Seinfeld,"
is now about halfway through the seventh season of his HBO
show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Ė a dry and sarcastic
weekly mockumentary about the life of a grumpy television
writer, a misanthrope who goes about Los Angeles inadvertently
offending just about everyone he comes in contact with.
Given his character in this new show,
it should come as little surprise that David modeled the
character of George after himself Ė a grumpy guy who always
thinks people are out to screw him.
In this latest season of
"Curb," however, Davidís made the decision to
bring the cast of "Seinfeld" back into the life of
his autobiographical character.
Starting Oct. 4, and continuing this
past Sunday, the "Seinfeld" clanís been reunited.
And so now Iím starting to feel the rush of once again
making Seinfeld and company part of my weekend.
On the show, David and his old crew
are shown working together to develop a new idea for a sitcom
that can be pitched to the major networks, and whatís so
ingenious about the complete pairing Ė itís the first time
the four "Seinfeld" stars have appeared together in
a new show, though a few of the actors have made guest
appearances before on "Curb" Ė is that itís
pitting the TV Larry David against the very people who made
the real-life Larry David one of TVís brightest stars. No
longer just offending family members or casual acquaintances,
David is now offending people we feel like we know personally,
after seeing them on TV for a solid decade.
Iíve long been a fan of "Curb
Your Enthusiasm" admiring the writing here as much as I
ever admired the complex and interweaving scripts that
distinguished "Seinfeld." For seven seasons now,
David has found new ways to put himself into precarious and
rude positions, violating just about every social grace and
norm. But in this new storyline, which will continue this
Sunday and for a few more weeks, heís taken things to a
whole new level.
This is Larry David vs. "Seinfeld,"
about a creator now finding a way to tick off the people who
gave him the highlight of his rťsumť. Heís offending not
only Dreyfusís sensibilities but also those of Jerry
Seinfeld, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. Thereís a
familiarity between the five that gives "Curb" a
different texture, something a little more familiar and
In one hilarious sequence, David
attacks Dreyfus, claiming she lied about taking her daughter
to a birthday party. But what takes the whole thing up a notch
is that he feels comfortable enough with her to walk right in
and grill her kid about where she was. Turns out Dreyfus has
two daughters Ė a fact that David doesnít realize as heís
chewing her out.
As the familiarity, and stakes, have
increased, so have the number of laughs. "Curb Your
Enthusiasm" has never seemed more hilarious, and thatís
thanks to the revival of "Seinfeld," back from the
dead and giving Larry David a run for his money.
Itís must-see TV, all over again.