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For Your Consideration (Widescreen) (2006)

Catherine O'Hara , Parker Posey , Christopher Guest  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Rannazzisi
  • Directors: Christopher Guest
  • Writers: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
  • Producers: Karen Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M341Q4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Your Consideration (Widescreen)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 18 deleted/alternate scenes and outtakes
  • Home for Purim poster gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

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Christopher Guest (director of A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and Waiting for Guffman) and his sparkling troupe of improvisational satirists return with a sardonic look at C-list (or perhaps D- or E-list) actors driven to the brink of madness by the possibility of winning an Academy Award. Marilyn Hack (the ever-brilliant Catherine O'Hara, Beetlejuice), a modestly talented character actress, hears of an Internet rumor that she might be nominated for the dubious movie she's currently making, Home for Purim. Soon buzz is flying about all the rest of the cast (which includes Harry Shearer and Parker Posey) and everyone starts clawing for as much attention as they can get while appearing modest and unambitious. Despite the movie's target being so familiar to them, For Your Consideration is not Guest & Co.'s best work--in an effort to give everyone in the huge cast face time, few of the characters gain any comic traction or have a particularly engaging storyline; the mockery stays on a fairly surface level. Nonetheless, some of those surfaces are pretty funny: Fred Willard and Jane Lynch are devastating as a pair of predatory infotainment hosts, while Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) turns in a daffy and surreal performance. Throughout, the movie's anchor is O'Hara; the way her character is virtually crushed by the hype has a surprising richness and depth. She remains a cinematic treasure. --Bret Fetzer

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Debut feature director Jay Berman (Christopher Guest), steers cast and crew through a typically tumultuous independent film Home for Purim, an intimate period drama about a Jewish family's turbulent reunion on the occasion of the dying matriarch's favorite holiday. When Internet-generated rumors begin circulating that three of Purim's stars -- faded luminary Marilyn Hack (Catherine O'Hara), journeyman actor and former hot dog pitchman Victor Allan Miller (Harry Shearer), and ingenue Callie Webb (Parker Posey) -- may be perpetrating Award-worthy performances, a rumble of excitement rattles the cast. Once "Hollywood Now" anchors Chuck Porter (Fred Willard) and Cindy Martin (Jane Lynch) pick up the buzz, Award fever infects the entire production. Unit publicist Corey Taft (John Michael Higgins), talent agent Morley Orfkin (Eugene Levy), and producer Whitney Taylor Brown (Jennifer Coolidge) all smell the sudden potential for a sleeper hit. As does Sunfish Classics President Martin Gibb (Ricky Gervais), who suggests some last-minute changes to the film that he feels will broaden the film's appeal. Meanwhile, Purim's screenwriters, Lane Iverson (Michael McKean) and Philip Koontz (Bob Balaban) grow steadily more horrified as they watch the first film adaptation of their work diverge from their original story. As the hopeful Purim team careens toward the end of production and the upcoming Award season, tenuous relationships and brittle dreams play out in unexpected ways...

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Sequel... February 27, 2007
Format:DVD
It can be easy to review a film (or any media) based on what you've expected from an artist's previous work. To do so can cause one to miss out on what makes a work of art unique. To pan "For Your Consideration" beacuse it's not like Guest's other work is to miss the point of why he (or anyone) makes films.

"For Your Consideration" does move away from the pure comedy we're used to in Guest's previous stories (although he hints at some pathos in "A Mighty WInd"). There's plenty to laugh at here, but I'm in no way disappointed that he made me stop and take a hard look at myself and at the culture I'm a part of in this film. He doesn't owe me a bucket of chuckles in every minute of every film he makes. I was quite surprised at where this film takes the viewer emotionally. However, it only works if said viewer is willing to go there...

Having stated that, what I enjoy and revel in in his films are the deep characters portrayed in them. They make us cringe because we know people like these in our own lives. These rich characters are here in plenty in this film, and my wife and I found ourselves grinning as we recognized faces of actors we thought we knew portraying NEW people that we both loved and wanted to mock but couldn't because they were too real, and yes, a bit sad. A bit of American Idol auditions without the glitz, packaging and over-the-top commentary from the judges.

I dunno. Decide for yourself. Let the movie, not your expectation, speak for itself.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Guest's best film, but still terrifically funny November 19, 2006
Bad news, good news. Bad news first: this is probably Christopher Guest's weakest film to date. Good news: it is still one of the funniest films of the year. If you are a fan of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW, and A MIGHTY WIND, you will find many things in this movie to love and even more to laugh at, though it almost certainly won't rival any of those for your affection. Part of the reason is the dropping of the documentary style of the earlier films. Here the camera has to assume a more detached, less ironic pose, and something is lost as a result. Still, Guest's touch is definitely still present throughout mot of the film, and although it is definitely a step below his other films, it is by no means a deep disappointment.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION tells the story of the filming of the Hollywood movie HOME FOR PURIM, a period film set during WW II telling the story of the dying mother in a Jewish family living in the deep South. One of the first truly funny, weird moments comes when this Southern film-family, with their deep drawls, start dropping Yiddish words into their conversation. While filming the buzz that one or more of the actors might get Oscar nominations -- perhaps sparked by a random comment in an Internet chat room (or as John Michael Higgins's character puts it: the World Wide Interweb) -- and upper level studio execs step in and change the film from the ethnic HOME FOR PURIM and turn it into HOME FOR THANKSGIVING. The latter part of the film deals with the nervous anticipation of the rumored Oscar nominations.

If you have seen any of Christopher Guest's other films, you pretty much know who stars in this. They are all the usual suspects: Catherine O'Hara plays the aging actress who portrays the dying mother in the fictitious film.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Miss February 27, 2007
Format:DVD
I really love Christopher Guest's work. This might be a nice effort for someone else, this quirkly little movie falls far short of his other efforts such as Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and a Mighty Wind. This film is less a mockumentary, and more of a backstage peek at how actors take the Oscars way too seriously. The same basic zany cast is here for this one, and they do there best with the material. There is some decent satire, and a good joke or two, but for the most part it does not work all that well. It especially pales when put up against his other work. I would say to certainly watch this movie, but put off buying it until you have given it a rental.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the Academy's consideration December 22, 2006
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Christopher Guest has vowed not to make any more mockumentaries. Well, that's technically true: "For Your Consideration" has no talking-to-the-camera moments.

But while Guest has abandoned the mockumentary format -- as shown in movies like "Waiting for Guffman" and "A Mighty Wind" -- he hasn't lost his knack for hysterical comedy and intensely quirky characters. It's less intimate than his prior movies, but still skewers the entire entertainment industry, piece by piece.

As the movie opens, several actors are shooting "Home For Purim," a Southern Jewish tearjerker entered on a dying matriarch and her fragmented family. Then a stagehand tells Marilyn Hack (Catherine O'Hara) that there are Web rumors about her receiving an Oscar. Suddenly buzz is building, and everyone is excited about the possibility of their tiny movie getting notice (and though that, their careers).

The Oscar buzz builds higher as the cast does publicity for "Home For Purim," and two more rumored nominations pop up. Two actors break up over potential Oscar stress, another goes on MTV-style shows, and the movie gets its theme changed to make it more "inclusive." The entire cast is on tenterhooks... but on nomination night, who is going to be the star?

Metafictional movies, and movies about makig movies, usually stink to high heaven. But Guest is the exception that proves the rule, as he mercilessly mocks E!-style journalism, critics, MTV, narcissistic producers, and even the Academy itself ("Give us all the awards -- we're FRENCH!").

Admittedly, this is not Guest at his best -- since the characters don't talk to the camera, they feel more distant. However, Guest has a knack for pathos mingled with biting satire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
These guys can't make a bad movie.
Published 8 days ago by Harmonie Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I love satire, this movie is hysterical. Best in Show is another must see movie. I hope the producers make another similar movie.
Published 1 month ago by Jose
1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, but...
there was a problem with the DVD. It would not play on either of my computers or on my DVD player. Amazon was great about refunding my purchase price, and I will reorder it ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. J. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others in the series.
Waiting for Gufman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and This is Spinal Tap are comedy classics. This is the weakest of those. Still funny but just not up to the level of these others.
Published 2 months ago by robertp
3.0 out of 5 stars Baron Haden-Guest Goes Hollywood
Wisely his Lordship and his troupe abandon the worn thin mockumentary style; unwisely they make a self referential movie movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matthew E. Cavanaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine, funny, and poignantly sad movie about a movie.
One of the better Christopher Guest & Co. satires, this one skewering the hype leading up to the Oscars over a low budget production starring a couple of has-been actors and some... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Classics Collector
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to love it, but it's just okay.
I adore Christopher Guest. His movies are always on the list when someone asks what my most favorite films are. But this one...it just doesn't do it for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laura Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Consider it very good
This was another funny, biting satire from the great Christopher Guest. Many of his mainstay corps of actors are here -- Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Levy, Harry Shearer... Read more
Published 7 months ago by christiaan hart nibbrig
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
If you love Best in Show, you will love this! Classic movie and highly recommend! Never a dull moment in this movie
Published 7 months ago by TIFFANY MASSIE
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not up to the standard of Guest and Levy's other films
I love and have loved the other Guest satires very much and so was terribly disappointed with this film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MACLEAR
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