Movie Review of For Your Consideration (2006) [PG-13] 86 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $10.75
Where Viewed: Harkins Cine Capri at Northfield 18, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 24 November 2006
Time: 8:50 p.m.
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DVD Release Date: unscheduled
Directed by: Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind )
Written by: Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind ) and Eugene Levy (A Mighty Wind)
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Catherine O'Hara (Monster House) • Ed Begley, Jr. ("Veronica Mars") • Eugene Levy (Over the Hedge) • Harry Shearer (Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School) • Christopher Moynihan (A Mighty Wind) • Christopher Guest (Mrs. Henderson Presents) • John Michael Higgins (The Break-Up) • Carrie Aizley (Best in Show) • Jim Piddock (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) • Jennifer Coolidge (Click) • Parker Posey (The OH in Ohio) • Rachael Harris (Kicking & Screaming) • Bob Balaban (Lady in the Water) • Fred Willard (Monster House) • Jane Lynch (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)
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"…egos run amok…With all of the talent on and off the screen, this really should have been a better film."
Obviously, playing the dual roles of an actor and an actor playing an actor for all of the cast members who are in both films is a great challenge for the actors themselves. This cast, chock full of delightful cameos and some actors we've not seen on the screen in a long time in a major way, was absolutely perfect. Eugene Levy plays Morley Orfkin the scheistery talent agent for Victor Allan Miller with a snide touch of smarminess that's hilarious. Jennifer Coolidge, enjoying her own renaissance after her role as the the 'hot' mother from American Pie, also delivers a wonderfully air-headed widow film producer, Whitney Taylor Brown. Meanwhile Fred Willard and Jane Lynch play faux television entertainment show co-hosts Chuck Porter and Cindy Martin. Together this duo does everything you've ever wanted to see about the underbelly of the beast. Most hilarious are Chuck's interviews with the losers in the nomination announcements for the Academy Awards®. With some great roles to play and a scathing story of Hollywood executives run amok, it was proper to have high expectations for the film. Unfortunately, two things go wrong with the film. First, as mentioned, there are too many insider-only jokes and situations that simply don't resonate well with the regular film-going audience. Second, while some of the characters are good fun and hilarious, many are equally dull and lack-luster. The story within the story is also not overly enchanting. It's difficult to see how buzz could emerge over this film or anyone in it. That lack of realism, maybe for done for the humorous effect, detracted from the potential of the film overall. Had it been a really good film within the film or, at least, the idea of a good film, it outer movie might have had more impact. Otherwise we just see egos running wild all over the place and end with an attitude of "you get what you deserve". With all of the talent on and off the screen, this really should have been a better film.
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Other Projects Featuring For Your Consideration (2006)
Catherine O'Hara• Ed Begley, Jr.• Eugene Levy
Harry Shearer• Christopher Moynihan• Christopher Guest
John Michael Higgins• Carrie Aizley• Jim Piddock
Jennifer Coolidge• Parker Posey• Rachael Harris
Bob Balaban• Fred Willard• Jane Lynch
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