"For Your Consideration" Should be Exactly That

Genres: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 26 min.
Release Date: November 17th, 2006 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual references and brief language.
Distributors: Warner Independent Pictures

Director: Christopher Guest

JJ Rating:

A simple movie is made with what would be a simple cast. There’s no huge deal being made about the movie because the cast isn’t well known. Until one day someone visited the set and on the internet stated how one actress was so good that she could be in the Oscar race. That creates a buzz and what was a simple cast becomes a very energetic and life bursting cast who end up tripping over themselves in image issues.

For Your Consideration is a simple concept done in a simple manner with an explosion of wow. Wow in a sense of humor. They do some improv in the movie and it makes it more into an on the spot feel. It gives it that comfy feeling along with the “embarrassed for them” feeling. That means when the characters do something bad or look horrible there’s a sense of embarrassment that is felt. I felt it in this movie.

At the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2006 For Your Consideration had its World Premier. Christopher Guest's other films that share similar cast are: This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge and Parker Posey are my three favorites in this movie and they are also among my favorite actresses. I’ve loved Catherine O’Hara since Beetlejuice, where she did a great lip sync of Harry Belafonte’s “Day’o”. Jennifer Coolidge just has that special way to deliver lines with quirky movements that not many people can even do, let alone copy. Parker Posey makes a movie with her presences like in, (dare I say it), Josie and the Pussycats. That movie wouldn’t have been awesome to me with out her in it. I know I said awesome. It’s my guilty pleasure type movie and I do have others but this isn’t the time or the place to mention them.

They made this movie to me. Eugene Levy also did a really good job as did everyone else. These three stand out to me. There is even Oscar Buzz about Catherine O’Hara’s role in this movie. Amusing, as it is that she plays someone that gets Oscar Buzz, that’s the Buzz all right? I think she does do a good job. Her character’s transition from the beginning to the end is odd and weird and entertaining. I can see why there is talk about her getting a nod. I remember her performance in one scene while she was throwing out the trash. It was a great moment in the movie that had me have that embarrassing feeling for her and laughing all at the same time.

This type of movie is made up of such scenes. It seems that they are all good scenes and they weave together to make a great movie. I don’t think I could sit down and go to one scene and watch it without allowing it to continue to play as I end up watching the entire thing. That is why I think this is going to be going on my shelf when it comes out on DVD. It is one of those movies that I can watch and smile and feel good after watching it. It’s light and easily viewable and makes me laugh.

The entire cast had this enchanting aspect and even knowing that they did most of the movie with improv it didn’t tarnish this compelling aspect. They all meshed well and the scenes did not feel forced or over done and the movie moved along at a good pace. It did not drag or have parts that were not needed. It made use of every single scene and every single actor and allowed them to put a little of themselves into the film and I believe it’s way better for it.

People are going to be eating lots of turkey for days and they are not going to want some heavy hitting movie that makes them think too hard. This movie allows people to watch without having to over think. It’s a huge parody of how a movie is made and the entertainment news industry and it does it with such simplistic measure that it makes it worth seeing again and again and again.

For Your Consideration is almost asking not to be watched in a way so that people will want to watch it. Maybe that doesn’t make sense to you now but if you see the movie it might dawn on you what the hell I just said. It should be for your consideration after all that turkey eating. I mean it’ll hit you lightly in the brain and release some laughter and then you’ll wonder, quite possibly, why you hadn’t decided to see it before. And you can thank me later.

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