For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

DVD (Wide Screen)

Overview

Mockumentary mastermind Christopher Guest turns his satirical eye away from dog shows, small-town theater, and folk music to offer a hilarious take on Hollywood award season in this comedy focusing on trio of actors whose lives are turned upside down when they discover that their performances in an independent film are generating a sizable buzz in the entertainment industry. Jay Berman (Guest) is in the process of directing his first feature film -- an intimate family drama set in the 1940s and detailing the tempestuous reunion of an estranged Jewish family that is reluctantly drawn together to celebrate Purim at the behest of their dying matriarch. The cast soon comes down with an infectious case of award fever when rumors on the Internet claim that "Purim" stars Marilyn Hack (Catherine O' Hara), Victor Allan Miller (Harry Shearer), and Callie Webb (Parker Posey) may be delivering Oscar-caliber performances. When "Hollywood Now" co-anchors Chuck Porter (Fred Willard) and Cindy Martin (Jane Lynch) perpetuate the buzz on national television, the entire film crew starts to see stars in their eyes. Subsequently convinced that they have a sleeper hit on their hands, unit publicist Corey Taft (John Michael Higgins), talent agent Morley Orfkin (Eugene Levy), and producer Whitney Taylor Brown (Jennifer Coolidge) immediately cave to requests from Sunfish Classics president Martin Gibb (Ricky Gervais) to alter the film so that it may appeal to a larger audience. Now, while "Purim" screenwriters Lane Iverson (Michael McKean) and Philip Koontz (Bob Balaban) are forced to watch helplessly as their original screenplay is plundered in order to cash in on the positive buzz, awards season draws near and the production takes a most unexpected turn.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
UPC: 0012569403024
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:26:00

Special Features

Commentary by co-writers Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Over 30 minutes of hilarious bonus material; Home for Purim poster gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Balaban Philip Koontz
Jennifer Coolidge Whitney Taylor Brown
Christopher Guest Jay Berman
John Michael Higgins Corey Taft
Eugene Levy Morley Orfkin
Jane Lynch Cindy Martin
Michael McKean Lane Iverson
Catherine O'Hara Marilyn Hack
Parker Posey Callie Webb
Harry Shearer Victor Allan Miller
Fred Willard Chuck Porter
Jim Piddock Simon Whitset
Jane Morris Script Supervisor
Stephen Rannazzisi Studio Gate Guard
Jordan Black Whitney's Assistant
Ed Begley Sandy Lane
Paul Dooley Paper Badge Sergeant
John Krasinski Paper Badge Officer
Don Lake Love It Film Critic
Michael Hitchcock Hate It Film Critic
Lauri Johnson Morley's Secretary
Simon Helberg Junior Agent
Rachael Harris Mary Pat Hooligan
Sandra Oh Marketing Person
Richard Kind Marketing Person
Christopher Moynihan Brian Chubb
Carrie Aizley Pam Campanella
Ari Graynor Young PA
Scott Adsit First AD
Stephanie Courtney Boom Operator
Suzy Nakamura First AC
Mary McCormack Pilgrim Woman
Shawn Christian Pilgrim Man
Deborah Theaker Liz Fenneman
Nina Conti Weather Woman
Scott Williamson Skip
Sarah Shahi Sanchez
Steven M. Porter Floor Manager
Ricky Gervais Martin Gibb
Larry Miller Syd Finkleman
Craig Bierko Talk Show Host
C.J. Vanston Talk Show Band Leader
Joe Satriani Talk Show Guitarist
Oneida James Talk Show Bassist
Curt Bisquera Talk Show Drums
Anne King Talk Show Trumpet
Sheila Gonzalez Talk Show Saxophone
Lance Barber Dinkie
Skyler Stone Don
Mark Harelik Round Table Host
Rick Gonzalez Chillaxin' Host
Claire Forlani Claire Forlani
Hart Bochner Hart Bochner
Kevin Sussman Commercial Director
Jessica St. Clair Hula Balls Spokeswoman
Casey Wilson Young Actress
Kevin Christy Young Actor
Derek Waters Even Younger Actor

Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director,Screenwriter
David Chow Set Decoration/Design
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Richard Hicks Casting
Simon Jayes Camera Operator
Jennifer Lane Camera Operator
Robert Leighton Editor
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Eugene Levy Screenwriter
Karen Murphy Producer
David Rubin Casting
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer
Hamilton Sterling Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
C.J. Vanston Score Composer
Mark Weingarten Sound Mixer
Durinda Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- For Your Consideration
1. Such a Gift [4:03]
2. Don't Assume [3:00]
3. No Blanket [4:01]
4. Critical Opinions [2:41]
5. The Whole Dysfunction [4:08]
6. Buzz [3:15]
7. A Party I Would Go To [2:35]
8. Tossing the Script [6:10]
9. Epic Dreams [3:11]
10. Interweb Item [4:58]
11. They're Booked [4:38]
12. Wake Up, L.A. [5:16]
13. What Is It About Purim? [3:58]
14. Little Tweaks [4:29]
15. I Think I Can [2:43]
16. Awards Season Countdown [5:44]
17. To the Future Nominees [4:31]
18. Nomination Surprises [6:21]
19. See the Difference? [5:06]
20. End Credits [5:19]

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For Your Consideration 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Guest's latest bitter-sweet comedy does not hesitate to deliver on the laughs. I sat in the theatre and I thought my lungs were going to explode. The story focuses around a group of actors making an absolutely horrible film with hyped-up dreams of winning an academy award. The full spectrum of crazy characters in this film is jaw-dropping.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply Brilliant, I had belly laughs and constant chuckles...oh glory I laughed
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would definitely agree that this type of humor isn't for everyone. I think these movies are great, but the laughs aren't given to you on cue like they would be in a Will Farrell movie. Its dry and situational and you either get it or you don't for the most part. Thats not a knock to people who dislike these movies by any means, but some people watch just waiting for a punchline. I would suggest starting with 'Best In Show' from this same cast and if you like that you will enjoy the others for the most part. This one is definitely worth a watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Guest is a creative spirit who has been able to make some very funny films like 'Best In Show' where his technique of avoiding a script by giving his cast of actors an outline as matrix for a scene, letting them ad lib the idea a couple of times, then accepting the second or third take as the final product - pasting all the bits together in the edit. Sometimes it works: sometimes it flounders. Or to quote a famous advertisement 'Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't'. For this viewer this mocumentary about a very bad film company churning out a very bad film with a rather pitiful cast of actors falling victim to Internet rumors that an Oscar is in the air works as a funny idea and social comment for about the first half four and then sadly falls apart painfully as it proceeds to its wholly predictable end. Guest uses his usual company of actors (Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, etc) and they seem to have a good time making fun of themselves ultimately. Yes, there are funny moments, but the further the movie plods the less funny the moments become and ultimately the result of the 'rumor of greatness' shows us the shallow lives of the sad sack troupe of actors and producers and writers that started out with a pretty awful idea. Guest usually pulls these capers off nicely, but perhaps with such films as 'The Producers' musical on the screens simultaneously the joke is stale. It is a good film to watch as Oscar time is upon us - and there is some pungent jabbing at awards concepts floating through the film. This is a movie for Guest fans, but not a good start for those who don't know his work. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago