For Your Consideration
Directed by: Christopher Guest
(Warner Independent)
Writer-director Christopher Guest has spent the last decade turning out hilarious mockumentaries about idiosyncratic topics. In Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, Guest and his stable of collaborators (including Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Parker Posey) explored the worlds of community theatre, dog shows and folk music, respectively. In For Your Consideration, Guest, co-writer Eugene Levy and company abandon the mockumentary format to poke fun at a more familiar subject—Hollywood. The movie tells the story of Home for Purim, a crappy melodrama about Jewish tradition and lesbianism that begins to garner respect after a Hollywood gossip site throws Oscar buzz its way. Much like other Guest offerings, it's largely the product of its brilliant cast's improvisation, and for this reason, it's worth watching, as are the 14 deleted scenes. But the movie's not as good as previous Guest productions. This team is funniest when its jokes are unexpected, but satirizing Hollywood is nothing new. In For Your Consideration, when agent Morley (Levy) assures his client, "you are my number one priority," the audience knows his phone will soon ring and distract him. Guest and his cast can do better.
—Lindsay McCarney

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