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Clear History

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Salty comedy's selfish, unlikable lead isn't for everyone.

Movie NR 2013 100 minutes
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Knowing and understanding Larry David's trademark sense of humor is a prerequisite to appreciating Clear History. In spite of the all-star cast of supporting actors (including Hamm, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, and Eva Mendes), it's a comedy that's built around him. But even then, it might not be as hilarious as you're hoping. Not even with the help of an outlandish beard-wig combo that makes the younger Nathan Flomm look like the love child of Jeff Bridges and Bob Odenkirk.

Great expectations aside, Clear History is clever, and it succeeds as an able farce about greed and revenge, in the spirit of the much funnier What About Bob? and Groundhog Day. Is it a comedy classic? Probably not. But for older teens who can appreciate irony, Flomm's foibles make for a functionally funny cautionary tale.

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