|Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Fifth Season
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Money. Security. Famous Friends. Forgiving wife. Devoted agent. Larry David has it all - except, perhaps, his identity. This season, Larry takes a sentimental journey in search of his roots, stepping on a few toes along the way.
The cover art for HBO's comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Fifth Season implies that the series' star Larry David is Everyman. Larry is not Everyman; in fact, he is far from it. Somewhat of an amalgam of the Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer characters he co-created for Seinfeld, yet so uniquely Larry, his socially inept behavior is the basis for and the best part of the show. This fifth season holds no exceptions to the world oblivious to social graces that is Larry David's. Larry tackles some tough issues, his main conundrum being the fact that his close friend Richard Lewis (comedian Richard Lewis playing himself) needs a new kidney. Season 5 slants towards Larry's soul searching: will he take the donor test? Is he a match? What will he do if he is a match? We see how far Larry will go to help his friend in need: staging car accidents, fake marriages, and more. We think we see some depth to Larry when he suspects he may be adopted and cheerfully embarks on a search to find his "real" parents, but are reminded how things really are, when he throws morality out the window, striking up a friendship with the known sexual predator in the neighborhood in order to improve his golf game. Of course there is the very Seinfeld feel to this show in general, the tone, the self-involved lead character--and in the first few episodes there are actual storylines and even spoken lines taken almost verbatim from Seinfeld episodes, so much so that an avid Seinfeld fan may start to lose patience. Stick with it, though, because the Seinfeld-ian similarities wind down through the second half of the season and the Curb your Enthusiasm hilarity revs up. --Rachel Moss
- Contains Some of the Best Episodes to Date
You can't go wrong ordering any of the seasons, but 'The Ski Lift' is the best episode so far.
Watching Larry kabitz in Jewish jibberish with an Orthodox man and his daughter-- explain his song hits as part of a non-existant college band ('My Freakin' Back is Klling Me')-- or his expression when the daughter says one of them must jump off a stuck ski lift ('Are you F***IN" NUTS?') makes this season worth every penny. Even Cheryl kicks in her best line and look when a plate needs to be buried due to mixing meat and dairy ('Can't we just wash it and call it a day?').
Larry David is simply the funniest person walking this earth....more info
- This is the BEEESSTT Meat
This is the best season in some ways....
"The best, Larry...only the best for Song"...more info
- Krazy- Eyed Killa rules
You can't beat this guy and his off beat humor. He's a hoot!...more info
- I am now a fan!
I used to hate Curb Your Enthusiasm (and I was a Seinfeld hater when it was in prime time; now I love it!)After seeing "The Christ Nail" and "Kamikaze Bingo" on a flight to London, I was hooked. Brilliant comedy about nothing, and I love every minute of it....more info
I love this show...Larry David has hit a cord with many viewers. It is a fantastic look into life. Great characters and lessons to be learned by all who watch...more info
- Absolutely Wonderful
Hot Dang! This season is hilarious, never once disappoints. I have the subsequent four season as well, and although this doesn't rank as the funniest (Season 2 is off the chains!) still the 5th season is great. Larry David is the man, and as long as I live he will never seize his greatness. Superb season, I highly recommend checking it out if your not an consistent watcher. ...more info
- Loved it. Best season ever?
I find it odd that some posters say this is not a good season...I totally disagree. I find that the later seasons are better than the early ones for this series. In the first few seasons, the level of altercations that Larry got himself into, and the manic quality of Richard Lewis, really kind of grated on my nerves. Suzie, as well. There were just some episodes that seemed to have too much screaming all around for my nerves.
This season is mellower overall, and in my opinion, as entertaining, if not more so, than the previous seasons. I would venture to say it is best season ever, although I missed season 4, so I can't actually say that. This season has all the charm and laughs and quirkiness, less of the screaming. The Jewish/Christian humor is a major theme of this season, and the episode featuring Larry's trip to an imagined heaven, and his trip to his Christian birth parents, were absolutely laugh out loud hysterical. There are some nice cameos by Dustin Hoffman and Sascha Baron Cohen (Borat), and Bea Arthur, as Larry's deceased mother. I also thought the episode where Larry pretends to be an Orthodox Jew hysterical, especially when he he keeps trying to attempt Yiddish. Now that Woody Allen seems to have lost his sense of humor, there are few comedians around who can explore these issues in a funny way. I also enjoyed the Lesbians episode a lot. Rosie O'Donnell does a good cameo in that one. And, as people have pointed out, the sex offender with golf tips was another highlight. Larry's dad has some entertaining moments in this season also, such as in the sandwich episode and Larry's death episode. Richard Lewis needs a kidney transplant this season, and consequently is mostly portrayed in bed or ill, and thus is not nearly as manic and annoying as he was in the early seasons.
My only complaint about this season, and it is a very small one, is that Wanda Sykes showed up in only one episode. She is hysterical and I would have liked to see more of her...
- The funniest sitcom ever
Larry David is a creative genius! and a very funny one at that...also as always, he makes biting social commentary palpable to the masses via his work...one sees themselves in the charactors, 'omg, i thought that too' or 'i wish i could say that'... But as always one can always hide behind the fact 'well it's only a comedy show...' and it is that and more!...more info
- Don't curb your enthusiasm
I would highly reccommend this show to anyone who is a Seinfeld fan. This was the first season that I started watching "Curb" and it made me go back and buy the first four seasons. You will not be dissapointed....more info
- A Big Bowl of Wrong
This is the season where it all goes off the tracks. The subtle genius of the previous seasons is out the window. It was to Season 1-4 what the Mad TV sketch was to CYE in general. Larry almost ceases to be a human being in Season 5. He's not just insensitive, or refuses to suffer fools gladly, he's socially retarded. He does things that no SANE person-- not merely no politically correct person-- would do. In previous years, he's the one who's put upon at least half the time, here, it's over the top self parody of a guy with the social graces of a warthog. There are about 2 episodes funny enough to make seasons 1-4, the rest just don't work. They have a certain can't take your eyes off the train wreck quality, however....more info
- Curb Season 5 just gets Better and Better
Curb Your Enthusiasm the complete 5th season is one the funniest of them all. They all are funny, however there are some very funny episodes in this season. The Bowtie, The Christ Nail, Kamakazi Bingo, The Sedar, The Ski Lift The Korean Bookie and The End. The weakest one which I thought would be 100 perect better than it was the Smoking Jacket. When Larry goes to the playboy Hugh Hefner Mantion. Could have been funnier. That episode was probably one of the worst of the whole series. They have an untitled featuree on this DVD i wonder what it is. Curb is still the funniest show out there. Never get sick of it!!! Watch it over and over own all 4 years on DVD.. ...more info
- More Laughs from Larry David
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. We have the first four seasons and can't get enough of this show. If you like "Curb Your Enthusiasm", you won't be disappointed by the 5th season.
Very funny! ...more info
- THE BEST
Without a doubt the funniest show on t.v. right now. I could watch it over and over again and do....more info
- Still Has Not Arrived...
I ordered this dvd on November 4th. Now more than a month later it has still not arrived and "the two fifty" has not responded to my inquiry. As far as the DVD itself the fifth season of Curb is one of the best....more info
- THE BEST SO FAR!
Holy Guacamole, this show just keeps getting better and better. The final episode is one of the funniest pieces of television ever viewed!...more info
- This is where the stinker went astray
Listen I love "Curb Your Enthusiasm" but son of a gun if this isn't where my patience was tried to the breaking point. I think Larry David is a stinkin' funny fussbudget, and loved the first four seasons of his show. Ironically I don't care for "Seinfeld" - what can I say, I'm just that kind of woman.
Why has Cheryl Hines - such an intelligent anchor to the b.s. that everyone else serves up - become such a shrew? This was a bitterly disappointing development and I hold Ms. Hines responsible due the improvised nature of this previously-funny show.
Unlike the two seasons prior, Season 5 doesn't really attempt an overall plotline linking the ten episodes. Bad mistake. There is a nonsensical thread about Larry being adopted and trying to find his birth parents, but it is neither funny nor thought-provoking. In fact, it is stupid and sucky - something I would have never said about this show before.
Larry, you've broken my confidence and I'm done with this show....more info
- Larry is the worlds best comic genius
I laughed so hard when Larry was going to heaven that I choked...and every time I tell the scene to my friends, I laugh just as hard. ...like how Larry looks like a paper doll cut out of yester year bouncing off the tunnel wall towards the light.....and he then gets kicked out of heaven for his "usual" behavior.........Priceless!!!...more info
- Let's hope it isn't the last.
This season was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect after Season 4, since I wasn't very impressed with it, but this season goes back to its roots. Just as funny as the early seasons, which is rare on any show.
I hope this season isn't the last, since Larry David proved it is still hilarious. However; if it is the last season, it's the best last season of any show I've ever seen. What a way to go out.
If you want a solid box of laughs, this season is pure quality....more info
- Funny stuff
Larry David is a comic genius. Although Season 5 wasn't as good as the first three, I thought that it was a definite improvement over Season 4. "The Ski Lift" and "The Korean Bookie" were two of the best episodes in the series' history....more info
- Deep inside I know I'm him
First off I love that guy's witty "prettyyyyyyyyyyy good" review!
I do not have HBO, so I went out on a limb after reading reviews of CURB and bought the DVDS.
Simply stated CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM has now become my all-time favorite sitcom.
Classic Larry David wit and candor in the vain of SEINFELD, only funnier and more risque. "The Group?" "Pant's Tent?" "The Doll?"
I can hear you all laughing at the mere mention of these episode titles...
Season 4 was a disappointment after such run away classics from the previous seasons, but I have heard Season 5 finds Larry back on track.
Having not seen Season 5, I am counting down the days...
I have to thank Mr. David for allowing people like myself the freedom to speak candidly, be the occasional putz and offer constructive criticism now and then without being termed a "victim of circumstance."
I hope Season 5 is truly not "The End."
One more season, Lare. To not do so would simply be just "one big bowl of wrong."...more info
- Worst show ever - do NOT be fooled by the 5-star reviews!
This is the worst show ever produced - taking advantage of Seinfeld fans misguided loyalty, and the wrongful thought, that since this is made by Larry Davis, it has to be good... it don't!
After a couple of episodes (if you actually get this deep into it before throwing away the dvd's) you realise that the dialogue actually follows the same structure and speech patterns that Seinfeld does - only this show has no proper actors or comedians to deliver the lines.
It's stiff, slow, tries to hard but keeps on failing, annoying, embarrassing and quite frankly a disaster.
I have no idea who these guys are that gives this 5 stars, but they have to be family of Larry's.
I bought the entire series based on the stupid 5 star reviews and the fact that I too thought that 'Larry Davis, this can only be good' - but I've had to through the dvd's out without even seeing all the episodes.
Waste of time and money!!!...more info
I usually roll on the floor laughing with this show, but this season offered only a few really good laughs. His show wife,Cheryl,often reacts to Larry the way we would, but this season, she seemed bored most of the time. I don't think I'll buy the following season....more info
- Should have been better
While not a complete catastrophe this season does not at all live up to previous seaseons. Indeed Larry David's own acting is no longer on par: he no longer is as natural as before. The storylines also somehow lack he charm of previous seasons. It also does tend to be somewhat over the top especially the last episode The End. Do not get me wrong I loved the previous seasons and there have allways been some really wonderful ideas in the past episodes but this was just not as good. As I said especially Larry is no longer as fun. Jeff and his wife also are somewhat more boring than usual So let's see....more info
- Season 5 - Pretty good..
I'm a big fan of CYE and a lot of people have asked me what I think of season 5, so here's my review:
Pretty good. Prettyyyyyy, pretttyyyyyyy, pretttttyyyyyyyyyyyy, prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, pretyyyyyy good. It's pretty good.
Hope you find this helpful....more info
- Outstanding, as usual...
What can I say? It is the usual -a few episodes better than others- funny, smart show we've seen in the previous 4 seasons... You can't go wrong! I've already pre-ordered the 6th season... The only thing a little forced was the finale episode... The rest, "Susie's" talk over the rest, simply hilarious!...more info
- lotsa laughs
I don't have HBO, so I got to see all these episodes for the first time when I bought the DVD. I have to say that I thought this season was very funny. Aside from the last episode, especially the last part of it, I enjoyed everything in this season....more info
- Good Stuff.
This show is almost too good.
Since it's on HBO there are still people out there who haven't seen this show, if you are one of them YOU NEED TO SEE IT! Of course you should start with season 1 and go from there. You won't be disappointed!...more info
- Larry David gets funnier every seaon
If you liked the first 4 seasons of Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm season 5 will not dissapoint you....more info
- It's Ran It's Course...
It pains me to say this, but I think Larry David's clamouring for storylines here.
I'm a huge fan, and maybe I was caught up in all of the rave reviews I've read elsewhere, but I feel massively let-down.
Having said that, I've only watched the first three episodes, but there hasn't been a single laugh-out-loud moment for me so far... Just the occasional chuckle at Larry's 'incidents'. But even then, it's a little bit obvious when the punchlines come.
What I'd give for another episode like the one where he gets his managers daughter drunk; 'I thought she had a speech impediment.' Or the episode where Larry finds out his mum's dead... Pure comedy genius.
I see nothing of that here, I'm afraid....more info
- Best Thing on T.V.
My wife and I have all the Curb DVD's and enjoy the laughter the Curb cast offers us before bedtime. It is truly life imitating art, letting me in on a secret - I'm not alone when it comes to being misunderstood. The cast is so attuned and compatible and it comes across through their honesty. The episodes have similar formulas, if you will, but then so did the Honeymooners. If you enjoyed the Honeymooners, then you will be a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David and company are pure genius. How can anyone not like Larry! I'm addicted to Curb. IT IS GREAT! ...more info
- Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Freakin Funny!
The Christ Nail.
Buy it. Watch it. Share it.
On your mark, get set, GO!...more info
- It's a Larry David moment.
I didn't want to rate this because it's not the quality of Larry David's comedy that is an issue. Actually, we had to laugh at the appropriate nature of this DVD glitch. I gave this set to my son-in-law, (whose name is David), and when he tried to play the second DVD, he learned that although the labels say "DISC 1" and "DISC 2", they are actually both the same disk. Now I have to go through the hassle of returning the discs in the hopes that this is not just a typical Larry David joke and that there really are two different discs. Can't you imagine him turning this into a detail on one of his new episodes? It's great to have access to a season of programs, but this is taking deja vu too far....more info
- AN ENTHUSIASTIC 5 STARS
THERE ARE 3 COMEDIES PRESENTLY ON TV WHICH SHOULD BE DESCRIBED AS ESSENTIAL VIEWING. THEY ARE "THE OFFICE", "EXTRAS", AND, OF COURSE,
"CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM."
WHAT SETS THEM APART FROM THE OTHER LESSER COMEDY SHOWS IS THAT THEY ALL PUSH THE ENVELOPE AND ARE NOT AFRAID TO HURT YOUR FEELINGS.
INDEED, IT'S EASIER TO CROSS BOUNDARIES WHEN YOUR ON HBO THAN WHEN YOUR ON PRIME TIME NETWORK TV; HOWEVER "THE OFFICE" HAS DONE SO AND MORE POWER TO IT.( I REALLY CAN'T PICTURE "THE OFFICE" BEING ANY FUNNIER EVEN IF IT WAS ON HBO.)
THE SECRET OF "CYE" IS LARRY DAVID AND HOW HE INTERACTS WITH THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS IN EVERY EPISODE.
THE REGULARS ON "CYE" ARE ALL FABULOUS:CHERYL HINES, JEFF GARLIN,SUSIE
ESSMAN,RICHARD LEWIS,WANDA SYKES, SHELLY BERMAN, AND BOB EINSTEIN, WHO PLAYS MARTY FUNKHOUSER. IF YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW, BOB EINSTEIN IS ALBERT BROOKS' BROTHER.I THINK IT'S OBVIOUS WHY ALBERT HAD TO CHANGE HIS LAST NAME.
TO REPEAT, "CYE", "THE OFFICE", AND "EXTRAS" ARE THE BEST!
AND CRAP LIKE "ENTOURAGE" AND "KING OF QUEENS" AND "2AND 1/2 MEN"
AND "30 ROCK" ARE ALL ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A PAULIE SHORE MOVIE.
BTW, I ALSO FOUND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT LARRY DAVID HELPED CREATE "SEINFELD". "CYE" IS ONLY ABOUT TEN TIMES FUNNIER THAN "SEINFELD" EVER WAS....more info