Release Date: November 17th, 2006 by Warner Independent Pictures.
The Cast: Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, Eugene Levy, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Ricky Gervais, Rachael Harris, John Michael Higgins, Don Lake, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Larry Miller, Christopher Moynihan, Jim Piddock, Deborah Theaker, Scott Williamson.
Directed by Christopher Guest.
Interview with Catherine O'Hara
BASIC PREMISE: A mockumentary about actors who relish in the Oscar buzz while on the set of filming Home for Purim.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Although not Christopher Guest’s funniest film, For Your Consideration has a considerable amount of laughs and its delightfully quirky ensemble cast add some energy, as usual. The plot, if you want to call it that, revolves around the consequences of the Oscar buzz generated by an Internet blogger—all the more power to internet writers. The actors in Home for Purim, the film within the film, give appropriately over-the-top performances, especially Marilyn Hack, played by Catherine O’Hara who truly shines. Eugene Levy and Parker Posey generate a few chuckles in his brief scenes as an agent and actor, respectively. Also, it’s somewhat funny just looking at Christopher Guest’s whacky hairdo as Jay Berman, the Home for Purim’s director. As usual, Jennifer Coolidge plays a dim-witted character—a producer, in this case. Jane Lynch and Fred Willard provide the most comic relief as hosts of an entertainment show. Most of the film is a compilation of improvised skits, some of which work and others that fall flat without enough absurd or refreshing material. At least his talented, reliable cast makes For Your Consideration mildly engaging, but not laugh-out-loud funny or quotable/memorable enough like his previous gems, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show ,Waiting for Guffman and This is Spinal Tap. It would be interesting to speculate what Guest might satirize next. Perhaps he should consider politics, which has plenty to laugh about—as long as Parker Posey doesn’t play Jackie Kennedy after already spoofing her in The House of Yes. Just imagine Eugene Levy playing President George W. Bush.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: The comedy occasionally falls flat.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 2
IN A NUTSHELL: Occasionally falls flat without being absurd, laugh-out-loud funny or fresh enough, but saved by the lively, talented and reliable ensemble cast.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)
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