For Your Consideration Reviews
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.
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.
Still pretty good though.
A very average comedy for the usually very funny Christopher Guest written comedy. It attempts to be a satire on the Hollywood culture, but the characters, which in Guest's other films are usually ridiculous but likable, are this time ultimately just not very interesting to help with the humor, save for some moments.
The movie ditches Guest's usual mockumentary format for a more straight up story about the making of an independent film which develops rumors of Oscar buzz.
The film they are making is titled "Home for Purim," which could already make a good spoof on the period drama film seeing as how it is about the combination of families, the little celebrated Jewish holiday of Purim, and the daughter coming out about being a lesbian. That would be funny by itself.
The usual Guest cast is present, with Catherine O'Hara playing the lead and saddest role as a veteran actress, very happy to be know she might get more recognition. You also have Harry Shearer as the leading man in the film within this film, who plays his actor self as someone who is clearly scraping from the bottom of the barrel, but knows how to not show his desperation on the outside. Parker Posey is also here as another actress who also gets notice that she might get an Oscar nomination.
The rest of the Guest crew is here as well playing the various crew on the film, including Guest himself as the director, Michael McKean and Bob Balaban as the writers, Eugene Levy as a talent agent, and Jennifer Coolidge as the producer. English funnyman Ricky Gervais makes a welcome newcomer as well acting as the studio head.
The best moments come from Fred Willard and Jane Lynch as the hosts of an Access Hollywood type show, clearly making fun of how ridiculous this kind of news coverage can be.
What doesn't help is how the main characters in the film just aren't that appealing. Even Eugene Levy who usually can make anyone likable doesn't do much. All of Guests film are done through improvisation, but the film as a whole, especially during the first half, is just not that funny.
As it moves on, it does get better as you adjust to the characters. I myself enjoy Parker Posey in Guest's films, so she does a good enough job here, along with the mentioned characters from Willard and Lynch. However, as a whole, the film is mainly just to dry and doesn't push itself far enough.
The subject matter itself has been handled in better movies like State and Main, The Last Shot, Bowfinger, and The Player, dealing with the hassles in getting a film made and how funny it can be. This includes a tired running joke about the internet which seems way out of date.
There are some very funny moments in this movie, but not nearly enough as Guest's past movies.
Corey Taft: Question: Do I look like I have Indian blood?
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Corey Taft: Question: Would it surprise you to learn that I am 1/8th Mighty Choctaw?
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Corey Taft: Question: Would it astound you to learn that here on the set, I am Corey Taft, but when I'm at home, I'm Jo-Jo?
Guest may be following some well-worn grooves, and perhaps the material isn't as fresh as earlier in his career... but it still funny, and that is all that counts.
O'Hara's performance isn't the only one who shines though. Parker Posey and Jennifer Coolidge also outdo their previous forays in a Guest film and snatch up some of the movie's most memorable lines and moments. The movie is not horrible. It does have it's moments of laughter and genuine comedy--but they are few and far between. Compared to a movie like Best In Show or This Is Spinal Tap, this isn't Guests best work. I think that is due, in part, to the fact that his movie strays from the mockumentary style and has more of a developed scripted format. It's not as improvised as the other films appeared to be. Still, I would recommend the movie based on O'Hara alone and the fact that had this movie gotten better audience reception (like Best In Show), she would definitely be up for an Oscar. Or at least a Golden Globe.