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For Your Consideration (2006)

aka For Your Consideration

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Details: 86 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Cast:

Small Marilyn Hack
Small Studio Gate Guard
Small Sandy Lane
Small Morley Orfkin
Small Victor Allan Miller
Small Callie Webb
Small Cindy Martin
Small Lane Iverson
Small Jay Berman
Small Philip Koontz
Small Chuck
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Small Paper Badge Officer
Small Martin Gibb
Small Syd Finkleman
Small Marketing Person
Small Whitney Taylor Brown
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Small Chillaxin' Host
Small Sanchez
Small Pilgrim Woman
Small Corey Taft
Small Mary Pat Hooligan

Crew:

Small Christopher Guest Director
Small Eugene Levy Writer
No_movie_poster Karen Murphy Production
Small Christopher Guest Writer
No_movie_poster Robert Leighton Editing

Plot:

Character actress Marilyn Hack (O'Hara), despite having been in the industry for 30 years, is best known for playing a blind prostitute in a film from the late 1980s. Victor Allen Miller (Shearer) is also an acting veteran who is known to the public as the hot-dog wearing mascot for a kosher line of frankfurters. Together they are cast in a new film called Home for Purim as the patriarch and dying matriarch of a Southern U.S. Jewish family in the 1940s.

A newcomer ingenue, Callie Webb (Posey), plays their lesbian daughter, who has come home along with her girlfriend (Rachael Harris). Rounding out the cast is Brian Chubb (Christopher Moynihan), playing Webb's brother who has returned home from the Navy. The family reunites in time to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Home for Purim's cast and crew are in the process of making what appears to be a low-budget melodrama. The director (Guest) is constantly adding bizarre camera shots and acting notes. The producer, a diaper service heir, dresses flamboyantly but doesn't seem to know much about managing a film beyond paying for expenses. The two writers are at odds with the director, seeing their script mash together Southern genteel with out-of-place Jewish references and words.

The film-within-a-film's plot centers around the daughter's confession of her lesbianism as her mother gets nearer to death and the family celebrates an awkward Purim. Because of an off-hand remark that turns into a full-blown rumor, Oscar buzz begins around all of the cast (with the exception of Chubb). Each begins obsessing about the award potential in his or her own way.

Hack pretends not to care while secretly pining for the award. Miller begins to demand a higher salary and more dignified work. Webb breaks up with Chubb (her boyfriend), claiming he is not being supportive. He is virtually left in the dark. The obnoxious entertainment news program Hollywood Now and its hosts (Fred Willard and Jane Lynch) fuel the awards-season buzz, as well as revealing other contenders for the top prizes.

At this point, studio executives butt in and force the writers to make script changes, feeling the film is "too Jewish." It is retitled Home for Thanksgiving. Despite the changes, the Oscar buzz intensifies to the point where Hack, Miller, and Webb are convinced they will be nominated for Academy Awards.

They all begin to do major press appearances for the film. These are often embarrassing, both for the actors and the movie audience. Miller appears on a hip-hop teen show called Chillaxin' in youthful attire with capped teeth, a tan, and dyed blonde hair. Hack gets breast implants and extensive plastic surgery to the point where her face is comically ecstatic. Callie goes on an L.A. shock-jock radio show, only to field questions about topless scenes rather than her performance.

Ultimately the only person nominated for an award is Chubb, the one person for whom there was no buzz at all. (He sleeps in on the morning of the announcement of the nominations.) Miller goes back to auditioning for food commercials and other infomercials for useless products. Webb revives her failed one-woman show, No Penis Intended. Hack (after a drunken, explosive rant on Hollywood Now) becomes an acting teacher and seems uncomfortably at peace with her mediocre career.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2007-02-20