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Overall Rating
3.32

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look59.46%
Average: 24.32%
Pretty Bad: 5.41%
Total Crap: 10.81%

4 reviews, 13 user ratings



For Your Consideration
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by brianorndorf

"The Oscar goes to Fred Willard in a fauxhawk"
4 stars

Dropping the “mockumentary” route, Christopher Guest and his troupe fight for laughs in “For Your Consideration.” A breezy comedy that doesn’t have a stampede of jokes, “Consideration” is still quite pleasant, finding new ways to rib Hollywood instead of beating the old ones to death.

As the film “Home for Purim” commences shooting, the mood on the set is indifferent at best. When word is posted on a Hollywood gossip website that the picture might result in an Academy Award nomination for its leading lady, Marilyn Hack (Catherine O’Hara), the atmosphere on the set explodes; the whole production swept up in the euphoric, back-stabbing Oscar hysteria that turns a little indie film nobody is paying attention to into a publicity juggernaut.

“For Your Consideration” might come as a surprise to anyone with great affection for the work Christopher Guest and his comedy troupe have been doing since 1997. While all the participants are accounted for here, “Consideration” is not the traditional “mockumentary” cinema that Guest has perfected over the last ten years (20, if you count “Spinal Tap”).

“Consideration” is actually a mild, straight arrow, narrative-lead comedy. It’s a satire of Hollywood and insecurities, and those are tricky waters to navigate. Nobody is worse at satirizing Hollywood than Hollywood itself. Ditching his normal modus operandi and returning to his “Big Picture” roots, Guest doesn’t go for the industry jugular, but tap dances around its fringe nastiness and stupidity. It’s a simplistic satire, but the targets that Guest and co-screenwriter Eugene Levy pursue are long overdue for a little razzing.

Split into two sections, “Consideration” first observes life on the set of “Purim,” a low-budget drama with a cast of has-beens looking more to make rent than to satisfy any artistic yearnings. Guest and Levy have a lot of fun with the personalities on the set, using O’Hara as the emotional core for the loonies that are trying to put this film together and eventually sell it. There’s a flamboyantly gay makeup man (Ed Begley Jr.), a clueless producer (Jennifer Coolidge), frustrated writers (Bob Balaban and Michael McKean), cautious studio suits (Ricky Gervais and Larry Miller), a dim-witted studio publicist (John Michael Higgins), agents (Levy), jealous actors (Parker Posey, Harry Shearer), and a director (Guest) watching it all unfold from behind his monitor.

Of course, poking fun at actor anxiety is a lot like shooting fish in a barrel. Guest and Levy take the backdoor into the comedy, not ripping these characters apart, but tearing them down slowly and publicly, until they’re reduced to their most humiliated and primal fame-hungry selves. It’s a bittersweet blend of pleasure and pain to watch Hack and her co-stars rocket from professional indifference to parasitical excess as they get the salty taste of Oscar glory, and, at the core of it all, a treasured dollop of attention.

The second half of “Consideration” takes on the world of publicity, as the “Purim” cast whore themselves out to drum the Oscar beat. This marks Fred Willard’s entrance into the picture, playing a Billy Bush-type entertainment show knucklehead, topped off with a fake bake, a fauxhawk, and an earring. Willard is a scream here (no shock there), and ushers in a harder punch of comedy. As the zealous cast overcooks their cosmetic surgery, guest on TRL-like shows they have no business being on, and essentially sell their souls for a splinter of fame, “Consideration” again manages to side-step convention and find corners of the industry (including great riffs on Charlie Rose and Jimmy Kimmel style of talk shows) to mine for clever material.

There’s no doubt that “For Your Consideration” is a supremely entertaining film, but what it doesn’t hold is a towering laugh count. It almost seems an intentional move by Guest to dial down the bellylaughs in favor of incisive commentary on the film industry. The picture is certainly the least hilarious of Guest’s recent output (following the soft “A Mighty Wind”), but what it lacks in giggles it makes up in a witty overview of Tinseltown lunacy.

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originally posted: 11/17/06 17:42:11
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User Comments

6/17/09 pin uh, this one isn't a straight comedy, folks. 4 stars
1/20/08 mb Nothing there ... walked out 1 stars
6/25/07 Russell A total, bitter disappointment. Guest sadly runs out of ideas, originality...and laughs. 1 stars
3/21/07 Indrid Cold Better than I thought it would be. Maybe even Guest's best since Spinal Tap. 4 stars
2/05/07 William Goss Perhaps not sharp enough for its insider crowd/targets, but enough amusing moments to pass. 4 stars
12/02/06 BooBots Maybe not bombastic, but a petite string of nuanced gemlike moments. Improv greats at work. 4 stars
11/26/06 earl hofert too many characters 3 stars
11/25/06 Evelyn55 You WANT to laugh, but you just can't. Really bad. 1 stars
11/25/06 malcolm i feel like i'm in on the joke now, the formula is tired 2 stars
11/25/06 Dr. Jim Biggest disappointment of the year. Darn it! 2 stars
11/24/06 Lombard Love Guest's earlier films, but hated this one. Not funny, dry, or even insightful 1 stars
11/22/06 jdean62 Good performances by several of the cast...but just not that funny to me ! 3 stars
11/18/06 Littleme Maybe he should have stuck with mockumentaries 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  17-Nov-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 20-Feb-2007

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Australia
  25-Jan-2007




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