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For Your Consideration (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 79

As the object of satire gets bigger the jokes become thinner, and Christopher Guest isn't as droll or insightful here than when he was lampooning smaller subjects.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 19

As the object of satire gets bigger the jokes become thinner, and Christopher Guest isn't as droll or insightful here than when he was lampooning smaller subjects.

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Debut feature director Jay Berman steers cast and crew through a typically tumultuous independent film "Home for Purim," an intimate period drama about a Jewish family's turbulent reunion on the occasion of the dying matriarch's favorite holiday. When Internet-generated rumors begin circulating that three of the film's stars--faded luminary Marilyn Hack, journeyman actor and former hot dog pitchman Victor Allan Miller, and ingénue Callie Webb--may be perpetrating Award-worthy performances, a

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Feb 20, 2007

$5.5M

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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (79) | DVD (13)

In order to stay ahead as a mocker these days, you must nail your subject for good.

November 27, 2006
New Yorker
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Guest and his co-writer, Eugene Levy, aren't afraid to chew off the hand that feeds them.

November 24, 2006
New York Post
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For Your Consideration won't win an Oscar, but it probably will win some adulation from hard-core Guest fans.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Individual scenes come across as amusing, but Guest loses comic momentum when he shifts between the shooting of the lachrymose Home for Purim and the segments lampooning entertainment media.

November 22, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Fans of Guest's brand of repertory-company character comedies will find a few reasons to grin. But even the fanatical will have to admit that this one is hardly worth considering.

November 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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For Your Consideration always seems a bit too tame for its own good: It never busts out the way you hope it would.

November 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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For Your Consideration is not Guest at his best, but it's still an enjoyable way to spend a few hours and the company you'll keep is memorable enough.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Improv master Guest takes on Tinseltown.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Aside from an occasional chuckle, For Your Consideration is banal and, worst of all, frequently annoying.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

The blunt of derision ends up falling not on the shallowness of the system but on the pathetic souls who thought something would come out of it

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The point is that Hollywood types are--gasp!--shallow. If that news shocks anyone, check your pulse, because you may have been in a coma for 80 years.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

The film-within-a-film narrative device falls flat because the inner story is a melodrama with no comic momentum of its own.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

For Your Consideration might indeed be a bridge too far for the Guest troupe, but seeing it makes you want to liberate his inventive women for other projects

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The problem with FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is that it breaks the cardinal rule of comedy: it just isn't funny.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

While they do pull a few punches (to the detriment of the story), there are enough laughs and great performances to rescue the film from the dustbin.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

I would rather stay home and watch TV than walk across the street to watch this movie for free.

March 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Guest stretched himself a little thin this time, as For Your Consideration is not quite up to his usual standards.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Isn't quite as on-target as [Guest's] previous efforts, but his talented troupe again delivers more giddy laughs than just about any other comedy out there.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

For Your Consideration may be a little too insider-ish for viewers unfamiliar with the very real workings of awards hype. However, if you follow such things, there are plenty of knowing laughs to be found.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Along with his writing partner Levy - the only man who can be upstaged by his own eyebrows - Guest is dealing in cheap shots and broad strokes.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

May be a small jewel but it is certainly better value than half the biggies around just now.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The best jokes are the true jokes, and truth has not been best served here.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Easily the funniest film I've seen this year. DON'T MISS IT.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Would have been much better as a 30-minute TV show, with not enough of a plot for a full film.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

In the running for the 'Best Rethink Of An Established Formula' award, so we'd like to thank the director and his cast for keeping the chortles coming.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Guest goes for big, crude laughs every step of the way, and only a few of them come off.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for For Your Consideration

After I was five minutes into this, I remembered I saw it a couple of years ago. Anyway, it held up. In fact, I liked it better this time around.
February 28, 2013
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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A mildly amusing Christopher Guest 'Mockumentary' about the Hollywood movie industry. It's not an original idea but it's not the same as the others, although that isn't always a good thing. Considering the collaborations this should have been funnier. There are a few good chuckles here and there but no big belly laughs that you'd expect.
September 3, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Jay Berman: I love that you did all this work, and it'll serve you well - but not on this movie. 

For Your Consideration is at times a mildly amusing mocumentary, but for the most part it's jokes fall flat. This is widely considered Guest's worst mocumentary and I'd have to say I agree. I don't know what went wrong here, but you'd think this could have been one of Guest's best. 

The story revolves around the shooting of and talent involved in a movie called Home for Purim(later to be called Home for Thanksgiving). The movie deals with Oscar hype and how it affects some of the movies stars. It's easy to tell when the movie wants to be funny; but most of the time it's just not. It still has it's moments of laugh-out-loud humor; it's just not what I expected from a Guest film. The usual cast is involved here again. All of Guest's standards are here; Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Eugene Levy just to name a few. 

This is a really disappointing movie because we've already seen what Guest could do with the likes of This is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman. For Your Consideration really deserves no consideration as a good mocumentary.  
August 11, 2011
blkbomb
Melvin White

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Another amusing Christopher Guest mockumentary, this time set in Hollywood and targeting the hoopla and absurdity surrounding the Oscar's and promise of a nomination.

It took me a little while to warm up to this one, but eventually I got into it and it had some pretty funny moments. It is really quite clever in places, and it's probably not that much of a stretch that a small movie and those involved could be swept up in the rumors of possible Academy Awards in such an extreme manner.

The usual Guest regulars are all here, and so is his particular sense of humor that you either get, or you don't. It's a safe bet that you'll probably like For Your Consideration about as much as you liked other Guest movies like Best in Show. Manage your expectations accordingly.
March 28, 2011
lewiskendell

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