FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Hollywood Follies

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Release Date: November 17, 2006

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Director: Christopher Guest

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Karen Murphy

Writer: Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy

Address Comments To:

Mark Gill, President
Warner Independent Pictures
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
(A Time Warner company)
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: wip.warnerbros.com

Content:

(B, Ho, LL, S, D, M) Light moral worldview in that movie spoofs human foibles such as jealousy, competition in Hollywood, phony Hollywood publicity machines, crooked agents, silly entertainment shows on TV, crude radio disc jockeys, and vanity, plus homosexual elements where two characters in a fictional movie are lesbian and some light jokes about family in a fictional movie being Jewish people in the South celebrating a Jewish festival but jokes are not an attack on Judaism or Jews; five obscenities (including one "f" word), one strong profanity, six light profanities, and a few vulgar references, including actress has one woman show titled "No Penis Intended"; no violence; no sex scenes, but two actresses play lesbian lovers and some double entendres and vulgar references such as bleached blonde woman hints about the color of her private hair, an implied reference to masturbation, hairdresser acts effeminate but he's married to a woman, and movie spoofs crude radio disc jockeys who only want to discuss and see naked breasts when Hollywood star appears on their show; no nudity shown, but some images of female cleavage; no alcohol use; smoking; and, light miscellaneous immorality such as a comical look at human foibles like jealousy, vanity, ambush journalism, phony Hollywood celebrities, and studio head talks about changing a fictional movie to make it appeal to a wider audience but movie ironically jokes that he wants to make the fictional family in the movie non-Jewish instead of getting rid of the movie's two homosexual characters.

Summary:

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is a broadly-played skit comedy about Hollywood and the annual fight to be nominated for an Oscar® at the Academy Awards. The movie's satire of the entertainment business is on target, but the broad comical performances may not be to everyone's taste, the script needs a bigger ending and the content includes some foul language, homosexual references and sexual innuendoes.

Review:

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is a broadly-played skit comedy about Hollywood and the annual fight to be nominated for an Oscar®.

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.

In Brief:

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION stars Catherine O'Hara and Harry Shearer as 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 about a 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 sparks jealousy among the cast. The jealousy becomes more intense when Victor and another actress in the movie are also touted as Oscar® contenders.

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.