2006-12-08 / Columnists

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'For Your Consideration' - Oscar Insanity

Review By Robert Snyder

The comic troupe headed by filmmaker/comedian Christopher Guest is at it again.

After unleashing satiric hilarity in "A Mighty Wind," "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman," Guest and company are setting their sights on Hollywood itself with "For Your Consideration," a movie about moviemaking which shows the insane impact a minor Oscar buzz can have on a film team in mid-production.

Heading the cast of both "Consideration" and "Home for Purim" (the movie being made) is Catherine O'Hara, playing has-been actress Marilyn Hack, who is playing terminally-ill Southern Jewish matriarch in the sentimental period piece in production. Her co-star, Harry Shearer, is Victor Allan Miller, known for his TV commercial portrayal of a huge wiener but, as lead in "Purim," gets to utter the immortal line, "It's a dang mitzvah!"

Other regulars from the Guest troupe include Parker Posey as Callie Webb, former performance artist of the "unfunny romp" entitled, "No Penis Intended"; Fred Willard doing his obnoxious best to play obnoxious "Entertainment Now" TV host Chuck Porter; co-writer Eugene Levy in ultra-unctuous form in the role of Victor's slippery agent, Morley Orfkin; and director/co-writer Guest himself portraying "Purim" director Jay Berman with an Art Garfunkel hairdo.

The movie-within-the-movie shoot is rolling along when word seeps out like a virus that Marilyn may be up for an Oscar. Suddenly, egos begin inflating and clashing. Callie has a romantic meltdown with her co-star/lover Brian Cubb (Christopher Moynihan), caused by her false belief that she, too, is an Oscar shoo-in. After the Academy announces its nominations, TV host Porter decides to rub salt on the wounds of the losers with paparazzi-style interviews.

Also, Hollywood honcho/Sunfish Classics President Martin Gibb (Ricky Gervais) has made the decision to "tone down the Jewishness" of the movie by re-titling it, "Home for Thanksgiving." This decision doesn't bode well with "Purim" screenwriters Lane Iverson (Michael McKean) and Philip Koontz (Bob Balaban), who are still bristling from Berman's direction telling his actors, "to throw away the script."

While "For Your Consideration" may be positively refined compared to "Borat," it's good to see a great comedy that dares to be low-key.

Is Oscar listening?

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