Originally Posted by oldcband
No bigger Larry David fan than me, but Clear History was a bomb. With line up of stars it had should have been better.
I enjoyed it. And I laughed out loud a number of times.
But some of the characters were "drawn" (or performed, remembering that this is largely improv) not so well. For example, the Michael Keaton character was probably much less amusing than it could have been. The original encounter in the diner with the general contractor character was just plain not good.
And the Bill Hader character? Definitely undeveloped, and unfunny. Was he trying to be unfunny? Or was he told to be unfunny? Whatever... he was unfunny.
I did enjoy the assortment of female characters, especially the bizarre implementation of Jennifer (and her strange dialect) by Eva Mendes. I thought her interactions with Larry were hilarious, and also kind of sad/sweet like the closing scene in the bar where we see that she HAS regained her weight, just as actually always-right Larry predicted.
Also, the female owner of the "Happy As A Clam" restaurant and her wit, personality, sarcasm, and general demeanor was terrific.
On the other hand, Amy Ryan's former girlfriend character was just disappointing. Definitely not subtle and comedic. She's a terrific actress (I remember her vs. Dominic West, as a port security officer in one season of "The Wire"), but this role did not suit her and kind of bothered me.
But I really enjoyed the Liev Schreiber character, and the fact that even he too was a Howard owner.
Also, the whole Jon Hamm / Kate Hudson pair... too one-dimensional and artificial. I didn't really find the scene where Larry and Kate interact with their two cars, and he follows his misguided intuition and kisses her to which she reacts meanly, producing any of the expected or desired reactions from me. I didn't find it sad, funny, unfortunate, sympathetic... nothing. Just not funny, and I also didn't like either of them or their points of view.
And the JB Smoove character? Very very unlikable. Obviously there in an attempt to recreate the amusing chemistry and weird improbable character interaction storyline from "Curb", it didn't amuse me at all.
I did like the premise concept, and the ubiquitous presence of "the Howard" car which like the onslaught of small Japanese cars into the US when that first happened seemingly occupied 1 out of 3 parking spaces (and which obviously must have made zillions of dollars for the manufacturers). But other than maybe a dozen or so really great zingers ("Howard? You can't call a car Howard! It's like calling a restaurant Hepatitis!"), and some great group scenes (e.g. at the poker table), I found the total comedic result to fall short.