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5.0 out of 5 stars Every episode a classic, 25 Jun 2011
This review is from: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
There hasn't been a duff series of "Curb", but Season 2 is comedy perfection. As usual, it's a portrayal of a grotesque version of LA where everybody is petty, hypersensitive and absurdly defensive about their social identity.

The central theme of "Curb" is the unspoken rules and taboos of social engagement. It's stuff we all recognise from real life, blown hilariously out of proportion. It presents a world in which all the stupid little resentments we harbour privately are given full voice - where nobody, least of all Larry David himself, ever lets anything lie; where good intentions are wilfully misinterpreted, and where small lies and discourtesies are punished a thousandfold.

The improvised dialogue allows the real-life chemistry between the actors to show through - and a large part of the hilarity comes simply from facial expressions and spontaneous nuances of comic timing. (Check out Cheryl's delivery of the line, "This is so stupid", when Larry announces his intention to become a car salesman.)

But it's not just the belly laughs that lend this series to repeat viewing: in fact it's only on re-watching that you notice some of the subtleties of the brilliantly intricate plotting.

In some of the later series, a few episodes are a little slack. Here, every episode is a classic, and to quote a couple of memorable one-liners would do a disservice to the dozens of others. All the same, one line really ought to go down in history with "Don't mention the war" from "Fawlty Towers": the moment in "The Doll" when Susie Green stands outside her house yelling, "Where's the f***ing head?!"
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