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For Your Consideration (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 19,647


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for sexual references and brief language)
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In Theaters:
Feb 20, 2007
Box Office:
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for For Your Consideration

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (47) | 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
Top Critic

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

November 24, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

For Your Consideration won't win an Oscar, but it probably will win some adulation from hard-core Guest fans.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

For Your Consideration always seems a bit too tame for its own good: It never busts out the way you hope it would.

Full Review… | November 22, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

Improv master Guest takes on Tinseltown.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
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

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

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

Full Review… | November 25, 2008
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

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

Full Review… | March 11, 2007
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 19, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
This is London

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Sun Online

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Total Film

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
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.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer


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.

Anthony Lawrie

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.  

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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