For Your Consideration
According to its improvisational director, Jay Berman (Christopher Guest), 'Home for Purim', is a small Jewish themed wartime melodrama, involving a dying matriarch, plus a couple of lesbians. Furthermore, according to the... errr.... inter-web... hmm... thingy-mi-jig, one of the actors starring in this film, could also be up for an Oscar nomination too.
But wait a minute! Who do you suppose it might be? Surely not...
- Marilyn Hack (Catherine O'Hara): Who plays the dying matriarch in question, and in this film is married to...
- Victor Allan Miller (Harry Shearer): You know. That guy who stars in all of those silly television commercials. Plus keeps on moaning at his agent, Morley Orfkin (Eugene Levy), for some more film-work. Not unlike...
- Brian Chubb and Callie Webb (Christopher Moynihan and Parker Posey): The on-screen brother and sister, and off-screen lovers. That love to say it like it is, similar to...
- Lane Iverson and Bob Balaban (Michael McKean and Philip Koontz): Because they did write this flick in the first place don't you know. Handing it to...
- Whitney Taylor Brown (Jennifer Coolidge): ... to produces it, and then... and then... nah! Forget it. She has nice tits though.
Huh? What's that, dear reader? Who do you think the nominee really is? Why, yes. That's correct. You got it in one. That actor is alleged to have been nominated for an Oscar. Plus two other actors in this piece as well. Thus causing all the cast to set forth onto a rollercoaster ride of television interviews, radio-spots, and other such promotional paraphernalia, thanks to the man with the cash, Martin Gibb (Ricky Gervais).
But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all breaks a leg when Marilyn suddenly decides to have a face-lift. As actors have to act - the odds are eventually stacked - an Oscar is the bomb - and three months later, life just goes on.
Sometimes when I write one of my reviews, in my mind I riff off of the piece I'm currently writing about, just so I can engage with it on a more visceral level. You know. Just to connect, so to speak. And understand the thought processes behind said production, and work within the parameters it gives itself.
Just take what I am writing now for instance. It's not everyday that I talk about my method of madness. It just doesn't normally come up when I'm writing a Hong Kong or Comedy critique. But I am. Now. As I type this piece of prose. What I'm feeling. And what I'm doing at this very moment.
But why am I doing this you may ask yourself? Well, to put it in layman's terms, dear reader, this is my way of summing up what I feel about 'For Your Consideration'.
You see, in my eyes it is a very natural movie, with a free-flowing framework that drifts and parries from scene to scene to scene, involving us -- the viewer -- to witness what is happening to the characters involved, in a rather comical and bold fashion.
OK, I have to admit, in places the overall plot can get lost within a sea of improvisation and televised segways. Nonetheless, thanks to a great all-star comic-cast, and a loose premise that's chock full of needy characters and desperation, this film does brilliantly in telling it like it is, whilst making all in sundry laugh like a loon in the process.
Yeah. I kid you not. This comedy is one great comedy. If you are a lover of Larry David, Woody Allen, and middle-aged women with big-tits, this is definitely one to watch. Moreover, you can't help but wonder what the heck is going to happen in this film from one moment to the next. Half the time I kept on mumbling to myself 'What the hell is going on?'. Whilst the rest of it, I mumbled such things as, 'Oh, No!', 'You're having me on?', 'What a yutz!', plus other phrases of this ilk.
Overall 'For Your Consideration' is one smashing film. It was funny in places. Engaging in other. And by in large has a free flowing and lucid structure that I personally can relate to on so many levels.
THE RATING: A-