Clear History

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"A story of wealth, fame, power... and this guy."
  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 6.5  (19,396)

Clear History is a 2013 comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Larry David, Bill Hader, and Philip Baker Hall. The movie premiered on HBO on August 10, 2013, and tells the story of Nathan Flomm, a marketing executive who quits his job before his idea becomes a billion-dollar success. The movie is a satirical take on the tech industry and the corporate culture that surrounds it.

The movie opens in 2003 with Nathan Flomm, played by Larry David, pitching an electric car idea to his boss, Will Haney, played by Jon Hamm. The idea is rejected, but years later, the car becomes a huge success and Haney becomes a billionaire. Nathan, who has since changed his name to Rolly DaVore, lives on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts and works at a company that makes electric scooters.

When Haney announces that he plans to build a mansion on the island, Nathan decides to sell his house and leave the island. He meets with his boss, Joe Stumpo, played by Bill Hader, to negotiate his severance package. Joe insults Nathan, who storms out of the meeting and declares that he will take revenge on Joe and anyone else who wronged him.

Nathan moves to Martha's Vineyard and starts a new life with his girlfriend, Rhonda, played by Kate Hudson. He befriends a local, Frank, played by Michael Keaton, who gives him a job at his construction company. But when Haney comes to the island to visit his new mansion, Nathan decides to impersonate Frank and sabotage the construction site. This leads to a series of escalating conflicts between Nathan and Haney, as well as between Nathan and those who he believes wronged him.

As the movie progresses, Nathan's plans become more and more convoluted. He convinces a group of locals to help him steal Haney's valuable art collection, but the plan goes awry when they accidentally burn down the mansion. Nathan also tries to ruin Joe's career by spreading rumors that he is a drug addict, but this backfires when Joe is able to prove that the rumors are false.

Throughout the movie, Nathan struggles to balance his desire for revenge with his relationships with Rhonda and his new friends. He eventually realizes that his obsession with revenge has cost him everything that he cares about, and he decides to start anew.

Clear History is a hilarious and incisive satire of the tech industry and the culture of corporate greed. Larry David's deadpan humor is perfectly suited to the role of Nathan Flomm, who is a deeply flawed but ultimately sympathetic character. The supporting cast, including Bill Hader, Michael Keaton, and Kate Hudson, is also excellent, and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns.

The movie's setting on Martha's Vineyard provides a beautiful backdrop for the story, and the cinematography and production design are top-notch. The movie also features a great soundtrack, with classic rock songs like "Radar Love" and "Sweet Jane" adding to the film's laid-back vibe.

Overall, Clear History is a must-watch for fans of Larry David and anyone who enjoys a good comedy with a bit of social commentary. The movie's witty writing, memorable characters, and clever plot make it a standout among comedies of the past decade.

Clear History is a 2013 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    6.5  (19,396)