Last Wednesday, my friends and I went to see "For Your Consideration," the latest from Christopher Guest and his cohort. Though I didn’t know too much about the premise going in, I consider myself reasonably well-versed in all other things Guest, and so was expecting something to measure up to that lofty standard. What I did know of the film seemed promising – I mean, how could you go wrong with this troupe handling a movie within a movie called “Home for Purim"?
Well, somehow they managed to. They didn’t actually go wrong, per se; they just didn’t go right. The movie never really got off the ground. Instead of gaining momentum over the rougly 90 minutes, the plot merely sat, inert. Though there were a few good laughs (albeit far fewer and none so hearty as those in other films) and one or two hilarious characters, the film, as a whole felt underdeveloped.
Catherine O’Hara, as the actress Marilyn Hack was, in a word, TERRIFYING. I mean, truly. The central plot point in the movie is that someone, somewhere on the internet has mentioned her name and “oscar-worthy" in the same sentence (not a strong jumping off point in the first place, given the impression everyone watching must get that “Home for Purim” is a total piece of schlock). Months after filming has wrapped, Hack awaits the announcements of oscar noms. In the interim, she has undergone a facelift so unforunate it can only be described as grotesque. It was hard to look at. Extremely difficult.
Jane Lynch, as the host of a fictional Entertainment Tonight-inspired show, gives the movie its finest moments, and Parkey Posey, as usual, is in fine form. But in general, this half-hearted attempt at Hollywood satire fails to get off the ground. Maybe next time - if there is a next time - we'll see a return to form from Guest & co.