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For Your Consideration (Widescreen)

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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...

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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M341Q4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Neil Patton on 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 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2007
Format: DVD
I decided to read the reviews of this film on Amazon before I purchased it. I was very surprised at how many reviews were three stars and below, some with quite negative comments. It made me seriously consider whether to purchase the DVD or not. Then I began to realize that many of the negative comments I was reading were not enough to make me not want to see the film.

I purchased it and am glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Why should we expect each film made in this manner by this group of people to be exactly like all the others? Each and every one of the Christopher Guest improv method films has been a complete stand alone. The subject matter has all been loosely related to showmanship, but each has been approached from a different angle. I felt that this movie dealt with a much deeper subject than the others and therefore had many more serious aspects but that just made it different, not bad. Those characters each reacted to their possible huge career change in very different ways. Even if the movie was not hilariously funny I still found it fascinating to watch each character evolve into a completely different person just because of all the hype surrounding an Oscar nomination.

I wanted to own this film and I'm glad I went ahead and bought it. Others may want to rent it first before investing in their own copy. Either way, please consider watching this film. I was absolutely fascinated when I watched it for the second time while listening to Guest and Levy describe each scene and the actors involved. This feature alone gives so very much insight into the inner working of the film. I do volunteer work at a very small community theatre and I can really imagine this scenario playing out within my own tiny sphere of the arts world.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2006
Format: DVD
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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