Sunday, July 21, 2024

“Seinfeld” Reunion Review: Jerry and “Elaine” (JLD) Get Themselves into a Real Life “Seinfeld” Episode


Ok. All day I’ve had a link to the new episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Julia Louis Dreyfus. So weird. I watched the whole thing, about 15 minutes long, and posted a link. Now it seems all they’ve got on Crackle is a promo. But the link worked for at least a couple of hours.

So here’s my review: watch this when it comes back at 11:30 tonight. Jerry and “Elaine” are reunited. In a beautiful Austin Martin. It’s really as if they are real people who are still in touch, Jerry and “Elaine.” Jerry and Julia have an immediate rapport. They drive around Santa Monica and get in trouble. They pass Hilary Swank, driving an SUV in the opposite direction; she waves to them. Julia says, “I guess we really do live in Hollywood.”

They get tangled up on a side street with a woman in an SUV who realizes it’s them and won’t movie. Jerry says, “We’re having a Seinfeld reunion, and you’re not in it!”

The pair goes into a coffee place and immediately get into trouble a la “Seinfeld.” It’s very meta and weird that they actually find themselves in a “Seinfeld” episode the way fans of the show– like you and me– would say. They finish each other’s sentences. At one point, Jerry puts Julia on the phone with his real life wife, Jessica, and Julia thanks her, basically, for polishing Jerry up since the series went off the air.

The episode is time well spent. I think for “Seinfeld” fans, you’ll watch it over and over. JLD, whom I’ve interviewed a lot, is just as she is in person: delightful, sarcastic, very real. The reunion is very fulfilling. It’s actually about something: friendship.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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