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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry David continues the mayhem..., 2 Oct. 2005
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This review is from: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Complete HBO Season 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
In just three years, Seinfeld co-creator Larry David has gone a long way to approaching and perhaps even surpassing his previous creation with this supremely well-crafted sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The formula is very simple; Larry David, as himself, manages to offend almost everyone he meets which leads to hilarious consequences throughout each show. What truly makes Larry a genuine telvision gem is that, like most protagonists, he is his own worst enemy and is derided simply for his honesty and un-flinching belief in his right to speak his mind.
But however he manages to get there he always seems to do or say the wrong thing. The first three series were great - this one, if it's possible, is even better. In this series there is one common theme of Larry's initiation into Broadway as the star of Mel Brooks' legendary play, The Producers.
Throughout the series we follow Larry as he prepares for his biggest role to date and another common theme as he prepares to cash in on an extraordinary 10th anniversary birthday present (which I won't spoil for you by saying)!
As usual for Curb, there is a whole host of guest stars with David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft being chief amongst them, in addition to the usual wonderful supporting cast of Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Richard Lewis, Wanda Sykes and the brilliant Susie Essman as the caustic, acid-tongued Susie Green.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is a rare gem of a sitcom which has more in common with The Office and Fawlty Towers than other traditional sitcom fare such as Friends. Larry David, if there's any justice, will go down in sitcom infamy as a character as diverse as either David Brent (The Office) or Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers).
But considering that Larry David is a real, living, breathing human being, that makes the excellent Larry David all the more remarkable...
(P.S. For those who are wondering about extras on the DVD's, I have to be honest and say that I don't think there are many to be found but as I never watch extras anyway, I'm not really fit to comment on them.)
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