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Watch: Larry David Wants Revenge & Recycles 'Seinfeld' Joke In New Trailer For HBO Comedy 'Clear History'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 28, 2013 at 6:21PM

Let's face it: Larry David isn't an actor. Like his best bud Jerry Seinfeld, he has a very defined comedic box in which he fits, and within those parameters, he's devastatingly hilarious. There's nothing wrong with that -- if you know your strengths and can continue to be great, why not? And while David used an extreme version of himself to power "Curb Your Enthusiasm," his big screen lead outing in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" didn't quite come together in the eyes of many (though this writer takes a certain shine to it). Can he succeed with his second try at a leading movie role in "Clear History"?
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Clear History Larry David Jon Hamm

Let's face it: Larry David isn't an actor. Like his best bud Jerry Seinfeld, he has a very defined comedic box in which he fits, and within those parameters, he's devastatingly hilarious. There's nothing wrong with that -- if you know your strengths and can continue to be great, why not? And while David used an extreme version of himself to power "Curb Your Enthusiasm," his big screen lead outing in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" didn't quite come together in the eyes of many (though this writer takes a certain shine to it). Can he succeed with his second try at a leading movie role in "Clear History"?

Well, even though he's playing a hippie-esque entrepreneur, screwed out of billions when he's booted from the company where his concept car becomes a smash success, he's still pretty much playing Larry David. And yes, it's funny, at least in this new trailer, though whether it can sustain a full 90 minutes remains to be seen (and "Seinfeld" fans will immediately recognize that apology gag from the hit show, pretty much recycling the same bit from the episode where George Costanza tries to get an apology out of an old acquaintance played by James Spader). But "Clear History," directed by Greg Mottola, also has an insane roster of ringers in supporting roles including Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Phillip Baker Hall, and JB Smoove. That's a pretty nice crew to fall back on.

"Clear History" arrives on HBO on August 10th. Check it out below followed by the apology arc on "Seinfeld."

This article is related to: Film Trailers, HBO , Clear History, Larry David, Jon Hamm


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