I went and saw “For Your Consideration” on Sunday. It was absolutely a great return to form for Christopher Guest after the disappointing “A Mighty Wind”, and was a very fresh film that really didn’t hold back. The story that unfolds is the one of the cast of a new film titled “Home For Purim”, a small arthouse drama set in the South in a old Jewish home. Catherine O’Hara plays the “past her prime” actress who in the film within the film is playing the dying mother. This is her movie. She was perfect in “Waiting for Guffman” but this film is her best work I’ve ever seen. At one point in the film she “undergoes” a facelift, but I read in a magazine that she actually made her face look like without the use of botox or any other doctoring. She herself should be nominated for an Oscar for this brilliant portrayal.
Anyways, the rest of the cast is stellar. Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, and Chris Moynihan play her castmates and all but the latter find themselves in the midst of some real Oscar buzz. That’s the basic point of the film, to satirize all the ridiculousness of the Oscar season (ALL of which I am a whore) and it really catches all of it. John Michael Higgins STEALS the show as a publicist who is absolutely oblivious to the new technologies of the world and always has to point out that he is 1/8 Choktaw. He just keeps getting better and better and his character on “Arrested Development”, Wayne Jarvis, is also a riotous scene stealer. It’s hilariousness at its best. Christopher Guest, who directed “Waiting for Guffman”, “Best in Show”, and the already mentioned “A Mighty Wind”, starred in the film, ironically as the director of the film within the film (his portrayal of the Jewish director trying to inspire his actors is glorious). Instead of treating this film as a mockumentary, like his previous, genius works, he created a satirical storyline that flows very clearly and without limitations of hilarity. Jane Lynch and Fred Willard were brilliant as “Entertainment Tonight”-esque hosts who don’t hold back with the questions, even when the questions have nothing to do with the film itself. By the way, Ricky Gervais ROCKED this movie. I can’t even comprehend how happy I was to see him. I don’t care if he always sounds like the Brentmeister General, he will always be hilarious to me.
While this film is not as good as “Waiting for Guffman” or “Best in Show”, it is a close third that achieves the goal and isn’t embarrassingly boring like “A Mighty Wind.” Christopher Guest is a legend to me, a living legend, and can really do no wrong when it comes to film. If he decides to make another “all-improv” style film, I will be there with bells and whistles to see it as soon as it comes my way.
BEST QUOTE: “Man, that posters got disembodied heads. That’s scary!”