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Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11 DVD Review

Same old Larry.

In the 10 episode eleventh season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David is unable to avoid drama as per usual. A burglar dies on his property, he’s working on a new series called “Young Larry” (an obvious jab at “Young Sheldon”), he’s being blackmailed to cast a woman named Maria, and he’s desperately trying to change a fence ordinance. On top of that, viewers can expect plots about a toilet seat, a minibar, a cow, Larry dating, a chiropractor, a Mayoral candidate, Jeff cheating on Susie, and Leon’s planned Asia trip.

For 23 years now (off and on), HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has been among the best TV comedies. With season 10 the show had found a new lease on life and while season 11 doesn’t quite reach the same heights, there’s still plenty of gems here. 

As one might expect, Larry is still putting his foot in his mouth, getting caught up in uncomfortable situations, being a jerk (and offending others) while seemingly living a chaotic life. The jackass yet likable character mixed with the expertly crafted plots by Larry David and Jeff Schaffer simply makes for amusing television. There’s no other show like this and there’s no other show that boldly explores topics (mostly through the POV of Larry). Take the episode “The Watermelon” for instance which is far and away the highlight of the season. The episode manages to explore subject matters about racial stereotypes and racism through 2 separate plotlines- one about Leon’s love of watermelons and one about Larry encountering a Klansman. No spoilers as to how it all plays out, but it’s done in a matter that you’d only see in Curb.

While Larry David is the star of the show (and indeed the most engaging part), there are plenty of notable guest appearances this season from the likes of Woody Harrelson, Albert Brooks, Dylan O’Brien, Kaley Cuoco, Lucy Liu, Julie Bowen, Seth Rogen, Tracey Ullman among others. J.B. Smoove (Leon) also has some great bits this season as well.

If you’ve been following “Curb Your Enthusiasm” since its inception, there’s no reason not to check out the latest season.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. Grade: B+

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. Grade: B+

No extras have been included. 

June 27, 2022 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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