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Curb Your Enthusiasm – Season 7

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Season 7

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I can’t believe it’s been more than 11 years for Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Of course, I cannot foot the massive bill for HBO, and so I’m a little behind.  I recently indulged in Season 7 of the show and found Larry David to be nastier and more self-centered than ever before. 

The season opens with Larry living with his new girlfriend Loretta Black.  She’s turned into a huge pain in his butt, but with a looming cancer diagnosis for her, he’s afraid to break up in the fear of seeming insensitive.  He uses various methods to finally detach from her, and her and her family, except brother Leon, move out.  Leon remains and has no intentions of leaving Larry’s home.

Larry begins a season-long quest to get Cheryl back.  After years of turning down offers for a Seinfeld reunion, he caves, deciding that he can use it as an opportunity to cast Cheryl in the role of George’s ex-wife and get closer to her.  Unfortunately, in classic Larry David form, things don’t go as simply as he would have envisioned, and thus is the basic premise of the season.

Larry is classic Larry, although not really as likable as he was in some of the early seasons.  He seems snippier and move self-absorbed than in the past.  But maybe this is because he doesn’t have Cheryl around to keep him in check.  Jeff continues to struggle with his marriage to Susie, as he is a serial cheater.  And we’re fortunate to have Funkhouser around more than we have in the past.  It’s fun to see the Seinfeld cast reassembled as Larry works to make the reunion show a reality.  I couldn’t help but miss Old Christine every time I saw Julia Louis Dreyfus, but that’s an aside. 

My only gripe with Season 7 is that Larry doesn’t seem to learn much from his experiences.  In the past, Larry has been an anal jerk, but he always learns a little something from his actions.  This time around, it’s as if he’s become so self-obsessed that he’s also quite dumb and childlike.  Perhaps his character is approaching the end of a long road where it can go no further.  We’ll have to wait and see how Season 8 unfolded.

Thumbs mostly up.

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Incase you didn’t know, Curb Your Enthusiasm was created by Larry David. Larry David is also one of the creators of Seinfeld. The character George Costanza is loosely based on Larry David and both Seinfeld and Curb contain elements of actual events from Larry’s real life.  Not Larry David the character on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but Larry David the man. This is important to note this season more so than in the past. 

Last we saw Larry, he had separated from his wife Cheryl and he began dating one of his houseguests, Loretta Black. Despite the separation, Larry seemed to be coping well with his new situation. Though, if you follow this show, you know it’s only a matter of time before Larry ends up in some kind of predicament.

Sure enough, Larry soon finds himself wanting out of his relationship with Loretta. The only problem is she’s recently been diagnosed with cancer and Larry fears that breaking up with her would reflect poorly on him. He begins concocting ideas for how to end the relationship.

He also realizes that he really wants to reunite with his estranged wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines). This part of the plan presents an easier solution. To get her back, Larry plans a Seinfeld reunion and pushes for her to be cast as George’s ex-wife; whom George is also trying to get back. Things get complicated though when he promises her the role and Jerry doesn’t share Larry’s opinion of Cheryl’s talent. So once again Larry finds himself stuck in an undesirable situation. He has to find a way to get Cheryl the part without having Jerry and the others realize he only wants her for selfish reasons.

As usual, this is of course just one of the situations Larry finds himself in throughout the season. He finds himself in all kinds of trouble and the usual cast of characters are involved. Jeff, Susie, Richard Lewis, Leon, Ted Danson, and Marty Funhouser – who we get to see much more of – are all along for the ride.

Plus, you get the whole Seinfeld crew back together again. I really enjoyed seeing them all together. I enjoy this fictional universe the show exists in. Parts of Seinfeld are based on Larry’s real life, but so is Curb. But in this show Seinfeld is fictional, while the events of the show are supposed to be real. It’s all very weird and quirky if you ask me, but it totally works.

The only thing I noticed that I wasn’t quite sure of was Larry’s personality change. As noted by my partner, Larry has become a much more self-involved person. In the past, Larry kind of unintentionally walked into trouble. It’s not that Larry was never wrong in the past, but most of his situations happened because he was either absent-minded or a little bumbling. This time around, he seems to simply not care about anything at all. Perhaps it is simply the evolution of the character? He screwed up and/or was misunderstood so many times, that he stopped caring? I don’t know, but it’s definitely noticeable in this season.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This review was written for your reading pleasure on October 31, 2011.