Laurie's Reel Thing Chick Flick Review: "For Your Consideration"

Let me say right off the bat that Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show” is my absolutely favorite flick of all time (if you haven’t seen it, and especially if you are a dog person, go out and rent it RIGHT NOW…I’ll hold on). So when I heard Guest had made another “mockumentary,” I was psyched. Naturally, I had to see “For Your Consideration” the minute it opened, so I dragged my friend Andrea to a 1:50 showing last Saturday, when all the normal people were off making a dent in their shopping lists.

After we recovered from the shock of having to pay $3.50 for a bottle of water, we made our way into the auditorium to join our three fellow intrepid movie-goers. Right before the lights went down, two more viewers – an older couple – came in. The man carefully surveyed the whole (nearly empty) theater, and proceeded to lead his wife to the row right ahead of us…and into the two seats DIRECTLY in front of ours. (Fortunately, she set him straight, fast.)

Anyhoo, “For Your Consideration” offers a tongue-in-cheek, behind-the-scenes look at the making of a small independent film and what happens when its cast gets wind of a rumor on the Internet (or the InterWeb, “the thing with the e-mail” as the film’s dorky PR guy calls it) that some of them are looking at Oscar nominations. The set-up is a perfect one for Guest to do the thing he does so well – poke (for the most part) good-natured fun at a world that, like community theater (“Waiting for Guffman”) and the folk music scene (“A Mighty Wind”) practically begs for it. Watch for Catherine O’Hara’s performance as veteran actress Marilyn Hack (her red carpet-ready makeover is painfully funny and right on the money). Jane Lynch is drop-dead hysterical as the co-host of the “Entertainment Tonight”-like TV show that fans the Oscar rumor flames and Eugene Levy is, as always, perfect, this time as the talent agent who answers a cell phone call while assuring his client that nothing is as important to him as the actor’s stalled career.

“For Your Consideration” – check it out and let me know what you think. (C’mon, you know those stores will still be there tomorrow.)

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