FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Release Date: November 17, 2006
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: Christopher Guest
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Karen Murphy
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Warner Independent Pictures
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Catherine O'Hara and Harry Shearer play Marilyn Hack and Victor Allen Miller, two middle-aged actors whose careers are on the wane, or never got off the ground. They are starring in HOME FOR PURIM, a hokey melodrama set during World War II about a Jewish sailor (Christopher Moynihan), his estranged lesbian sister (Parker Posey), and their two parents. The movie is supposed to be an intimate period drama about the Jewish family's turbulent reunion on the occasion of the dying matriarch's favorite holiday.
An Internet rumor develops about Marilyn's allegedly Oscar®-worthy performance. The rumor creates a buzz about the movie that sets off a ripple of jealousy among the cast. The jealousy becomes more intense when Victor and the actress playing the sister are also touted as Oscar® contenders.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION consists mostly of comic vignettes surrounding the making of this movie and the Oscar® buzz that develops. Many of the funniest bits involve the movie's spoofing of Hollywood's publicity machine on entertainment news shows and talk shows. Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard as a smarmy and goofy but inattentive host of an entertainment news show are a hoot throughout the movie. John Michael Higgins is hilarious as the eager but obsessive public relations mastermind.
The broad performances in FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION may not be to the taste of the mainstream audience. They take acclimatization. Also, the movie's climax should have been bigger, with more jeopardy and comical disintegration.
In the best comedy movies, according to the late Frank McConnell in Storytelling and Mythmaking (Oxford University Press, 1979), the “‘natural' order of society disintegrates into a carnival atmosphere where social conventions are suspended in a limbo world between complete dissolution and a hoped-for rebirth.” A great comedy should tap into this kind of social disintegration, without becoming so elaborate that it becomes frantic and annoying.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION has a few light obscenities, which are also marred by one use of the "f" word, one strong profanity and other vulgarities. The movie's dialogue also contains some light sexual references. Finally, some of the female characters show a bit of cleavage. Please see our CONTENT section for more info.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION consists mostly of comic vignettes. Its satire of the entertainment business is spot on. Many of the funniest bits involve the movie's spoofing of Hollywood's publicity machine on entertainment news shows and talk shows. The movie's broad performances may not be to the taste of the mainstream audience. Also, the movie's climax should have been bigger, with more jeopardy and comical disintegration. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION has a few light obscenities, one use of the "f" word and one strong profanity. The movie's dialogue also contains some light sexual references.