For Your Consideration, the latest comedy from Christopher Guest, is the director's best since Best in Show. Having departed from his mockumentary filmmaking style for the first time, Guest takes a stab at something slightly different, though ultimately the movie is still quite similar to previous efforts. Most of the cast from his other films have shown up to deliver a bunch of weird characters once again.
This time around, having already made fun of folk singers and dog shows, Guest takes a stab at Hollywood itself. As a B-grade cast busies itself in a B-grade movie Home for Purim, a lone comment sparks a buzz and shows just how far word-of-mouth can go in the craziest industry on earth. After a review is found on the Internet proclaiming fading actress Marilyn Hack's performance Oscar worthy, publicity goes wild. From TV interviews to further Oscar buzz, the movie and its actors are suddenly thrust into the limelight.
Cast members Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Ed Begley Jr., Parker Posey and others from previous Guest films have returned to lend a hand, and, as in other films, are quite funny. Some characters get better treatment than others, and O'Hara, essentially playing the lead (as much as there is one in an ensemble), gets some of the best parts. Her scene at the end of the movie is priceless.
The movie is at times hit-or-miss, but then again, that's the case for most of his films. For Your Consideration is a little more inconsistent than some of his others, but is certainly a step up from the somewhat disappointing A Mighty Wind. For anyone who likes Christopher Guest movies, For Your Consideration is a quality entry worth watching.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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