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For Your Consideration

Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by
: Christopher Guest
Starring: Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Ricky Gervais, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard
Released by:
Warner Independent Pictures

In Short: The new film from Christopher Guest may not live up to previous “mockumentaries” but Fred Willard’s magnificent faux-hawk makes this amusing take on behind-the-scenes Hollywood worthwhile.

Mr. Guest Presents
Hollywood on the Chopping Block

by Laurie Hartzell

From dog shows to small-town theater productions, writer, actor and director Christopher Guest has made his mark banking on the humorous, absurd, and sometimes pitiful drama of real life. This time, Guest and his veteran ensemble cast have made a movie about making a movie. Fans of the trademark interview style that characterized “A Mighty Wind,” “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “This Is Spinal Tap” will be disappointed to learn that “Consideration” is not filmed in the same “mockumentary” manner. However, Guest has not ceased to mock, and this time, the subject matter is close to home.

“For Your Consideration” charts the making of the movie “Home for Purim,” a film about a Jewish family’s reconciliation inspired by their dying matriarch. During production, the performances of three characters generate rumors of possible Oscar nominations. The buzz is started by a blog entry—“The Internet: that’s the one with e-mail?”—and gathers steam throughout the film. Friendships are forged, romances are ended and faces are Botoxed—all because of a blurb on the Web.

As in other Guest films, “Consideration” focuses less on plot and more on personalities, which tend to be outrageous and comically misled. Take, for instance, the character of Marilyn Hack: classic comedienne Catherine O’Hara stands out in her portrayal of this aging, self-conscious actress who loses herself amidst the award rumors. The other star of the movie is Fred Willard and his glorious faux-hawk. You won’t be able to take your eyes off Willard’s hair or his rendition of the archetypal obnoxious entertainment TV host. (“Hey, wha happened?”) Speaking of archetypes, you’ll find many similarities between characters in this film and past Guest ensemble pieces: Willard is outrageous, Jennifer Coolidge is the dumb blonde and Parker Posey is the deluded ingénue.

The material in this case—the world of Hollywood—will be more familiar to the audience than subject matter in previous films, which, perhaps, is why “For Your Consideration” is not as edgy or engaging as expected. Perhaps it’s because viewers can find more fault with movie actors than with dog-show personalities. Despite this criticism, “For Your Consideration” is an entertaining respite from the more offensive “moviefilms” of the season.


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