We have Fred Willard as the meathead host of a TV gossip show called “Hollywood Now”, strutting around like Ryan Seacrest gone to seed. We have John Michael Higgins as a pompous PR exec who spouts hilarious tripe like “In every actor there lives a tiger, a pig, an ass, and a nightingale.” And then there’s Eugene Levy as a shifty talent agent and Guest himself as a hack director, busily chomping his way through the on-set catering. There are literally a dozen more of these vignettes – all equally delightful (be sure to look out for Ricky Gervais as the reptilian studio head).
Not that the leads aren’t funny in their own right. Parker Posey and Harry Shearer are superb as minor stars who let the whiff of success go to their heads, but it’s really Catherine O'Hara who steals the show as the aptly named Marilyn Hack. She undergoes a complete character change, including hilariously grotesque plastic surgery, and yet she is also the only character for whom we feel any pity – a rare emotion in a satire.
Still, long-time fans of Guest may be disappointed with For Your Consideration. Unlike most of his other films, it isn’t a true “mockumentary” and many will miss the familiar charm of that device. It also isn’t quite as well written as his previous films, often preferring to be simply mean instead of truly satirical. Even at his sharpest, Guest and Levy are normally still sympathetic, but there’s an undertone of sour grapes here that you just can’t shake. Perhaps this is a topic a little too close to home for them.
That said, there’s still plenty to recommend about the film. Hollywood rarely gets the roasting it deserves, so it’s hard not to enjoy the spectacle, even when it cuts a little deep. And where else can you find comedy this intelligent or insightful? It may be an inside joke, but it sure is a funny one.
- Alistair Fairweather
The svengali of satire, Christopher Guest, takes aim at his juiciest target yet - Hollywood. The results are as painful as they are funny.
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