For Your Consideration

2006

For Your Consideration

Critics Consensus

As the object of satire gets bigger the jokes become thinner, and Christopher Guest isn't as droll or insightful here than when he was lampooning smaller subjects.

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Debut feature director Jay Berman 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 the film's stars--faded luminary Marilyn Hack, journeyman actor and former hot dog pitchman Victor Allan Miller, and ingénue Callie Webb--may be perpetrating Award-worthy performances, a rumble of excitement rattles the cast. Once "Hollywood Now" anchors Chuck Porter and Cindy Martin pick up the buzz, Award fever infects the entire production. Unit publicist Corey Taft, talent agent Morley Orfkin, and producer Whitney Taylor Brown all smell the sudden potential for a sleeper hit. As does Sunfish Classics President Martin Gibb, who suggests some last-minute changes that he feels will broaden the film's appeal. Meanwhile, "Purim's" screenwriters, Lane Iverson and Philip Koontz, 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.

Cast

Bob Balaban
as Philip Koontz
Jennifer Coolidge
as Whitney Taylor Brown
Eugene Levy
as Morley Orfkin
Jane Lynch
as Cindy Martin
Michael McKean
as Lane Iverson
Catherine O'Hara
as Marilyn Hack
Parker Posey
as Callie Webb
Harry Shearer
as Victor Allan Miller
Fred Willard
as Chuck Porter
Ed Begley Jr.
as Sandy Lane
Ricky Gervais
as Martin Gibb
Michael Hitchcock
as David van Zyverden - Hate It Film Critic
Don Lake
as Ben Lilly - Love It Film Critic
Larry Miller
as Syd Finkleman
Jim Piddock
as Simon Whitset
Deborah Theaker
as Liz Fenneman
Sandra Oh
as Marketing Person No. 1
Richard Kind
as Marketing Person No. 2
Craig Bierko
as Talk Show Host
Stephen Rannazzisi
as Studio Gate Guard
Carrie Aizley
as Pam Campanella
Stephanie Courtney
as Boom Operator
Suzy Nakamura
as First AC
Jane Morris
as Script Supervisor
Jordan Black
as Whitney's Assistant
Paul Dooley
as `Paper Badge' Sergeant
John Krasinski
as `Paper Badge' Officer
Lauri Johnson
as Morley's Secretary
Simon Helberg
as Junior Agent
Rachael Harris
as Mary Pat Hooligan
Joe Satriani
as Talk Show Guitarist
David Blasucci
as Second AD
Ari Graynor
as Young PA
Oneida James
as Talk Show Bassist
Scott Adsit
as First AD
Curt Bisquera
as Talk Show Drums
Mary McCormack
as Pilgrim Woman
Anne King
as Talk Show Trumpet
Sheila Gonzalez
as Talk Show Saxophone
Shawn Christian
as Pilgrim Man
Nina Conti
as Weather Woman
Sarah Shahi
as Sanchez
Steven M. Porter
as Floor Manager
C.J. Vanston
as Talk Show Band Leader
Hart Bochner
as Himself
Mark Harelik
as Round Table Host
Rick Gonzalez
as Chillaxin' Host
Kevin Sussman
as Commercial Director
Jessica St. Clair
as Hula Balls Spokeswoman
Casey Wilson
as Young Actress
Kevin Christy
as Young Actor
Derek Waters
as Even Younger Actor
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Critic Reviews for For Your Consideration

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (78)

  • The point is that Hollywood types are--gasp!--shallow. If that news shocks anyone, check your pulse, because you may have been in a coma for 80 years.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • May be a small jewel but it is certainly better value than half the biggies around just now.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • The best jokes are the true jokes, and truth has not been best served here.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Guest goes for big, crude laughs every step of the way, and only a few of them come off.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The comedy is very unsubtle, and huge swathes of screen-time are given over to Fred Willard as a presenter on a dumb entertainment TV show - funny, yes, but not funny enough to justify the vast amount of time he is given.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In the most bittersweet of ironies, O'Hara was tipped by some as a potential Oscar nominee for her performance in the film. You suspect that she handled the whole demeaning circus with rather more dignity than her character does.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for For Your Consideration

  • Feb 28, 2013
    After I was five minutes into this, I remembered I saw it a couple of years ago. Anyway, it held up. In fact, I liked it better this time around.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2011
    Jay Berman: I love that you did all this work, and it'll serve you well - but not on this movie.  For Your Consideration is at times a mildly amusing mocumentary, but for the most part it's jokes fall flat. This is widely considered Guest's worst mocumentary and I'd have to say I agree. I don't know what went wrong here, but you'd think this could have been one of Guest's best.  The story revolves around the shooting of and talent involved in a movie called Home for Purim(later to be called Home for Thanksgiving). The movie deals with Oscar hype and how it affects some of the movies stars. It's easy to tell when the movie wants to be funny; but most of the time it's just not. It still has it's moments of laugh-out-loud humor; it's just not what I expected from a Guest film. The usual cast is involved here again. All of Guest's standards are here; Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Eugene Levy just to name a few.  This is a really disappointing movie because we've already seen what Guest could do with the likes of This is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman. For Your Consideration really deserves no consideration as a good mocumentary.  
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2011
    Another amusing Christopher Guest mockumentary, this time set in Hollywood and targeting the hoopla and absurdity surrounding the Oscar's and promise of a nomination. It took me a little while to warm up to this one, but eventually I got into it and it had some pretty funny moments. It is really quite clever in places, and it's probably not that much of a stretch that a small movie and those involved could be swept up in the rumors of possible Academy Awards in such an extreme manner. The usual Guest regulars are all here, and so is his particular sense of humor that you either get, or you don't. It's a safe bet that you'll probably like For Your Consideration about as much as you liked other Guest movies like Best in Show. Manage your expectations accordingly.
    Lewis C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    In line with spoofs, mocumentaries are sometimes fun if written well. This is a nice and enjoyable effort but has too many characters to make any real connection.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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