For Your Consideration (film)
For Your Consideration is a 2006 American mockumentary film directed by Christopher Guest. It was co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy, and both also star in the film. The film's title is a phrase used in trade advertisements to promote films for honors such as the Academy Awards. The plot revolves around a group of three actors (played by Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Harry Shearer) who learn that their performances in the fictional film they have not even completed yet, Home for Purim, a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are supposedly generating a great deal of award-season buzz.
|For Your Consideration|
|Directed by||Christopher Guest|
|Produced by||Karen Murphy|
|Written by||Christopher Guest|
John Michael Higgins
|Music by||C. J. Vanston|
|Edited by||Robert Leighton|
|Distributed by||Warner Independent Pictures|
|November 17, 2006|
|Box office||$5.9 million|
Many of the cast who return from Guest's previous mockumentary films This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, including Levy, O'Hara, Posey, Shearer, Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Larry Miller, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Michael Hitchcock, John Michael Higgins and Jim Piddock. Ricky Gervais, the co-creator of the original British television series The Office, also appears, while John Krasinski, Richard Kind, Scott Adsit, and Sandra Oh make brief cameos. Though the dialogue is largely improvised by the actors as in Guest's earlier films, the format is a departure from the mockumentary style.
The film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2006. It was produced by Warner Independent Pictures in association with Castle Rock Entertainment and Shangri-La Entertainment.
The film follows the production of Home for Purim, a low-budget drama film about a Jewish family in the southern United States in the 1940s. The cast consists of character actress Marilyn Hack (O'Hara) as the family's dying matriarch; veteran actor turned kosher hot dog mascot Victor Allen Miller (Shearer) as her husband; ingénue Callie Webb (Posey) as their lesbian daughter, whose return home with her girlfriend (Rachael Harris) serves as the driving plot of Home for Purim; and Brian Chubb (Christopher Moynihan), who is dating Webb, as their son.
The film's director (Guest) constantly incorporates bizarre camera shots and acting notes, while the producer (Coolidge), heiress to a diaper service, knows nothing about producing films. The two screenwriters (Balaban and McKean) are at odds with the director, as they struggle to align the film's period Southern setting with incongruous Jewish references and words.
When an unattributed rumor begins to circulate that Hack, Miller, and Webb are likely to receive Oscar nominations for the film, each begins obsessing about the award. Hack pretends not to care while secretly pining for the award, Miller demands a higher salary and pushes his agent (Levy) for more dignified work, and Webb breaks up with Chubb. Later, the hosts of entertainment news program Hollywood Now (Willard and Lynch) visit the set and interview the cast.
The studio intervenes in the production of Home for Purim and, deeming the film to be "too Jewish," re-title it Home for Thanksgiving. Despite this, the Oscar buzz around the film intensifies, and the three prospective nominees begin to make press appearances to promote the film. Miller appears on a hip-hop teen show called Chillaxin' in youthful attire with capped teeth, a tan, and dyed blonde hair. Hack gets breast implants and extensive plastic surgery to the point where her face is comically ecstatic. Webb goes on a shock jock radio show, only to field questions exclusively about her nude scenes.
The Academy Award nominations are announced, and only Chubb (who sleeps through the morning of the announcement) is nominated. Miller returns to auditioning for commercials. Webb attempts to revive her failed one-woman show, No Penis Intended. Hack makes a drunken rant on Hollywood Now and becomes an acting teacher, having made an uncomfortable peace with her mediocre career.
- Catherine O'Hara as Marilyn Hack
- Ed Begley Jr. as Sandy Lane
- Eugene Levy as Morley Orfkin
- Harry Shearer as Victor Allan Miller
- Christopher Guest as Jay Berman
- John Michael Higgins as Corey Taft
- Jim Piddock as Simon Whitset
- Jennifer Coolidge as Whitney Taylor Brown
- Parker Posey as Callie Webb
- Rachael Harris as Debbie Gilchrist
- Christopher Moynihan as Brian Chubb
- Paul Dooley as Paper Badge Sgt.
- John Krasinski as Paper Badge Officer
- Don Lake as "Love It" critic Ben Lilly
- Michael Hitchcock as "Hate It" critic David van Zyverdan
- Sandra Oh as Marketing Person
- Richard Kind as Marketing Person
- Bob Balaban as Philip Koontz
- Michael McKean as Lane Iverson
- Ari Graynor as Young PA
- Scott Adsit as First AD
- Simon Helberg as Junior Agent
- Kevin Sussman as Commercial Director
- Fred Willard as Chuck
- Jane Lynch as Cindy
- Jordan Black as Whitney's Assistant
- Nina Conti as Weather Woman
- Mary McCormack as Pilgrim Woman
- Shawn Christian as Pilgrim Man
- Deborah Theaker as Liz Fenneman
- Ricky Gervais as Martin Gibb
- Larry Miller as Syd Finkleman
- Craig Bierko as Talk Show Host
- Loudon Wainwright as Nominee Ben Connelly
- Jessica St. Clair as Hula Balls Spokeswoman
- Casey Wilson as Young Actress
- Derek Waters as Young Actor
Based on 161 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 52% of critics gave For Your Consideration a positive review, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The critical consensus reads: "As the object of satire gets bigger the jokes become thinner, and Christopher Guest isn't as droll or insightful here than when he was lampooning smaller subjects."  Leonard Maltin gave the film three stars, describing it as "uncanny in its dead-on parodies of TV and radio talk shows and other follies of show business”.
Catherine O'Hara won the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actress award and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Female Lead. O'Hara's performance earned many good reviews, spurring for a short time rumors that, in an ironic twist, she could be nominated for an Academy Award.
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