Dir: Christopher Guest. US.2006. 86mins.
The finest comedy stems from painfully truthful,accurate reflections of real life. That may explain why Christopher Guest'ssharply observed ensemble comedies have become such surefire guarantees ofhilarity. For Your Consideration isno exception as it captures all the inanity and indignity of the
Filled with quotable linesand performances to cherish, it should transform strong critical support intorobust commercial returns after its world premiere at
Dispensing with the fauxdocumentary format that has distinguished much of his work, Guest stages For Your Consideration as a morestraightforward narrative and may even gain a little comic purity in the process:now there is nothing false standing between us and the situation being explored.
He even dares to begin thefilm with a luscious clip from Warner Brothers classic Jezebel before capturing the making of low-budget independent featureHome For Purim and how a whiff ofOscar-buzz surrounding the performances distorts the lives of all thoseconcerned.
Guest may be biting the handthat feeds but he does it with such affection and unerring precision thateveryone will be able to share the joke. Period drama Home For Purim is only a slight distortionof the kind of worthy fare that occasionally leaves a mark on Oscar's radar.The chipper publicist, boorish studio head and splendidly vacuous televisionentertainment show hosts are all figures that strike an immediate chord ofrecognition and are ripe for parody.
Expertly written by Guestand Eugene Levy, For Your Considerationis tightly focused and crisply edited combining the feel of improvisationwithout any of the self-indulgence that can sometimes accompany it.
The performances are universallyfine with Fred Willard excelling as EntertainmentNow TV anchor Chuck Porter, John Michael Higgins extracting all the laughsfrom gung-ho, dim-witted publicist Corey Taft and Catherine O'Hara relishingthe vanities and insecurities of veteran actress Marilyn Hack, who is the firstto hear of the internet buzz surrounding her performance. Her awards season transformationinto a golden-tanned babe with flawless but immobile feline features andmountainous cleavage is wickedly funny.
Castle Rock Entertainment
Warner Independent Pictures
Joseph T Garrity