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Can you handle the comedy pairing of Larry David and Greg Mottola?

05.17.2012

Greg Mottola directing on SUPERBAD

Oftentimes the best comedy comes from the unexpected, something Larry David is well familiar with as most of his work ("Curb Your Enthusiasm especially) is based around improvisation.  But another way in which the unexpected brings an entertaining twist on expectation is when two comedic talents come together despite them seemingly not having much in common, which brings us to Larry David's proposed team-up with writer/director Greg Mottola.   I wouldn't have said of my own accord that the two should work together, but now that I think about it more I'm convinced it's kind of genius.

The idea, currently unidsclosed at this time, was brought by David to his writing collaborators Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," THE DICTATOR).  Because the script of the movie will be improv-based, the comedic quartet is currently working on hammering out the movie's general storyline while Greg Mottola goes through final negotiations with Fox Searchlight to direct.

While I'm distinctly not a fan of SUPERBAD, Greg Mottola's ADVENTURELAND quickly grew on me after a "meh" first viewing and so I'm very excited to see how his off-kilter comedic and timing sensibilities pair with David's louder and more unapologetically cutting wit. 

Larry David and a coffe cup

Extra Tidbit: There's a real Adventureland park, and Greg Mottola actually worked there once upon a time.

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6:27PM on 05/17/2012

Mottola Sucks!

His directing ruined what would've been a brilliant film in Paul and a not so boring film in Adventureland. He's lucky Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen were standing over his shoulder through Superbad or he wouldn't be working today.
His directing ruined what would've been a brilliant film in Paul and a not so boring film in Adventureland. He's lucky Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen were standing over his shoulder through Superbad or he wouldn't be working today.
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5:16PM on 05/17/2012
LD can do no wrong. I will throw all of my money at anything the dude is in/writes.
LD can do no wrong. I will throw all of my money at anything the dude is in/writes.
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2:25PM on 05/17/2012
I prefer PAUL over all of Greg Mottola's other movies. I like Larry David too. I am very "enthusiastic" about this! Get it?

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I should be a comedian.
I prefer PAUL over all of Greg Mottola's other movies. I like Larry David too. I am very "enthusiastic" about this! Get it?

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I should be a comedian.
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11:44AM on 05/17/2012
I totally liked ADVENTURELAND, but I fucking loved SUPERBAD! MacLovin trumps everything IMO.

P.S. Alejandro you should really do an Unpopular Opinion about your disliking of SUPERBAD next, like to hear about your points.
I totally liked ADVENTURELAND, but I fucking loved SUPERBAD! MacLovin trumps everything IMO.

P.S. Alejandro you should really do an Unpopular Opinion about your disliking of SUPERBAD next, like to hear about your points.
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11:06AM on 05/17/2012
Mottola also did some good work on Arrested Development, which shares a lot as far as shooting style with Curb, so I think this a good pairing. Plus any thing Larry David is involved with makes me laugh *cough* excluding 3 Stooges *cough* so I'm in.
Mottola also did some good work on Arrested Development, which shares a lot as far as shooting style with Curb, so I think this a good pairing. Plus any thing Larry David is involved with makes me laugh *cough* excluding 3 Stooges *cough* so I'm in.
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12:04PM on 05/17/2012
Arrested Development is da bomb, yo!
Arrested Development is da bomb, yo!
9:15AM on 05/17/2012

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I live not too far from Adventureland and went there a lot as a kid. I wonder if I was ever there when Mottola was working... It's a shame that he didn't shoot it in the actual park on Long Island. It would have been fun to see it on the screen.
I live not too far from Adventureland and went there a lot as a kid. I wonder if I was ever there when Mottola was working... It's a shame that he didn't shoot it in the actual park on Long Island. It would have been fun to see it on the screen.
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8:14AM on 05/17/2012
I also prefer Adventureland to Superbad.

But yeah, this sounds like it could be something to look forward to. I'm a fan of both these guys, and any excuse to give me a good laugh.
I also prefer Adventureland to Superbad.

But yeah, this sounds like it could be something to look forward to. I'm a fan of both these guys, and any excuse to give me a good laugh.
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