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A mildly self-righteous neurosurgeon (Steven Weber) and his cousin, a neurotic mama's boy (Craig Bierko), have been lifelong pals when one of them hits the jackpot while they're vacationing in Las Vegas. A nuanced dispute about how the money ought to be divided is the sort of thing that could power a 22-minute Seinfeld episode, but writer-director Larry David, cocreator of the TV series, just restages gags he's already helped make familiar. Bierko's hysteria and Weber's simmering outrage might have played better if we'd become acquainted with their characters over time (as in a television series), but their behavior is too hyperbolic and repetitive for a feature film (1998).

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