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For Your Consideration -- The film focuses on the making of an independent movie and its cast who become victims of the dreaded awards buzz.
For Your Consideration -- Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.
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For Your Consideration -- Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine O'Hara ... Marilyn Hack

Stephen Rannazzisi ... Studio Gate Guard

Ed Begley Jr. ... Sandy Lane

Eugene Levy ... Morley Orfkin

Harry Shearer ... Victor Allan Miller

Christopher Moynihan ... Brian Chubb

Christopher Guest ... Jay Berman

John Michael Higgins ... Corey Taft

Carrie Aizley ... Pam Campanella

Stephanie Courtney ... Boom Operator

Suzy Nakamura ... First AC

Jim Piddock ... Simon Whitset

Jane Morris ... Script Supervisor

Jennifer Coolidge ... Whitney Taylor Brown

Jordan Black ... Whitney's Assistant

Parker Posey ... Callie Webb

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
David Blasucci ... Second AD

Sandra Oh ... Marketing Person

Richard Kind ... Marketing Person

Bob Balaban ... Philip Koontz

Michael McKean ... Lane Iverson

Ari Graynor ... Young PA

Scott Adsit ... First AD

Fred Willard ... Chuck

Jane Lynch ... Cindy

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 (as Steven Porter)

Ricky Gervais ... Martin Gibb

Larry Miller ... Syd Finkleman

Craig Bierko ... Talk Show Host

Jeffery C.J. Vanston ... Talk Show Band Leader (as CJ Vanston)
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 (as Rick Gonzales)

Loudon Wainwright III ... Nominee Ben Connelly (as Loudon Wainwright)

Claire Forlani ... Herself

Hart Bochner ... Himself

Kevin Sussman ... Commercial Director

Jessica St. Clair ... Hula Balls Spokeswoman

Casey Wilson ... Young Actress

Kevin Christy ... Young Actor

Derek Waters ... Even Younger Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Yoshi Ando ... Ad Agent (uncredited)

Pamela Clay ... Oscar Nominee (uncredited)

Curt Clendenin ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Steven Dell ... Young PA (uncredited)
Christian Ojore Mayfield ... Studio Delivery Man (uncredited)
Carmen Scott ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Erin Spencer ... Monique LeBlanc - Oscar Nominee (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Guest 
Writing credits
Christopher Guest (written by) and
Eugene Levy (written by)

Produced by
Karen Murphy .... producer
Original Music by
Jeffery C.J. Vanston  (as CJ Vanston)
Cinematography by
Roberto Schaefer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
Art Direction by
Pat Tagliaferro 
Set Decoration by
Dena Roth 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood 
Makeup Department
Judi Cooper-Sealy .... hair designer
Judi Cooper-Sealy .... wig designer
Carol F. Doran .... additional wigmaker (as Carol Doran)
Amy Hinkley .... hair staff assistant
Felicia Linsky .... key makeup artist
Vicky Phillips .... key hair stylist
Theraesa Rivers .... assistant hair stylist
Arturo Rojas .... assistant hair stylist
Kate Shorter .... makeup designer
Toni-Ann Walker .... key hair stylist: additional photography (as Toni Walker)
Jennifer Zide .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Dhana Gilbert .... production supervisor (as Dhana Rivera Gilbert)
Pamela Louise Griner .... post-production supervisor (as Pamela Griner)
Chrisann Verges .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cas Donovan .... first assistant director
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director: additional photography
Milos Milicevic .... first assistant director: additional photography
Kristen Ploucha .... second assistant director
Jennifer Reiss .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Bart Barbuscia .... swing gang
Jonathan Bobbitt .... leadman
Jose Bonilla .... gang boss
David Chow .... set designer
Skip Crank .... assistant property master
Nella Davies .... art department staff assistant
Francis Davis .... laborer
Ken Deubel III .... head paint foreman (as Ken Deubel)
Terry Deubel .... paint foreman
Aaron Dornhoefer .... set painter
Gregory M. Elley .... construction assistant
Randy Eriksen .... property master: additional photography
Bryan Garcia .... labor foreman (as Brian Garcia)
Ron Gielow .... foreman
Humberto Jimenez .... general foreman (as Humberto T. Jimenez)
Humberto Jimenez .... propmaker (as Humberto T. Jimenez)
Rutilo Jimenez .... propmaker (as Rutilo L. Jimenez)
Mervyn Johnson .... construction coordinator
Peggy Johnson .... set painter
Thomas V. Johnson .... set painter (as Thomas Johnson)
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones .... property master (as J.P. Jones)
Jennifer Lagura .... swing gang (as Jennifer La Gura)
Esteban J. Lascarez .... propmaker (as Esteban Jimenez Lascarez)
Julia K. Levine .... set designer (as Julia Levine)
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer .... set decorator: additional photography (as Leslie Frankenheimer)
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Kathy Orlando .... set decorating buyer
Edmund C. Quintero .... propmaker (as Edmundo C. Quintero)
Ron Rhodes .... general foreman
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Raquel Ruiz .... laborer
Stephen Runningen .... graphic designer
Debi Shirk Tagliaferro .... art department coordinator (as Debi Shirk-Tagliaferro)
Louis Terry .... swing gang
Mark Vena .... storyboard artist (as Marc Vena)
Penny Wesney .... set painter
Cate Whittemore .... portrait: young Rachel Pischer
David Corral .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chad B. Daring .... set dresser (uncredited)
Eric Knight .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... head paint foreman (uncredited)
Al Lewis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Jana Treadwell .... tool keeper (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator (as Larry Commans)
Mark Fay .... utility sound
Alison Fisher .... adr supervisor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
David Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Tom Krajecki .... audio consultant
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist (as Travis Mackay)
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist (as Sara Monat)
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
William Stein .... sound re-recording engineer (as Bill Stein)
Hamilton Sterling .... sound designer
Hamilton Sterling .... supervising sound editor
John Joseph Thomas .... foley supervisor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
Mark Fay .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robbie Knott .... special effects coordinator: The Effects Group
Visual Effects by
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital artist: Handmade Digital
Lee Roderick .... lead compositor: Handmade Digital (as Lee Rod Roderick)
Corinne Villa .... visual effects editor
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... data manager: Laser Pacific (uncredited)
Cam Leeburg .... computer graphics playback (uncredited)
Matt Sell .... dustbuster (uncredited)
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Diane Wright .... digital asset manager: Laser Pacific (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as James Apted)
David Barker .... video assist
David Bartholomew .... lighting technician
Paul Bode .... first assistant camera
Robin Bursey .... camera loader
Kristen Eccker .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jerry Enright .... assistant chief lighting technician
Thomas Enright .... lighting technician
Tracy Estes .... lighting technician
Tommy Garcia .... grip
Matthew Gaumer .... second assistant camera (as Matt Gaumer)
Sergio Gutierrez .... dolly grip (as Sergio 'Ponch' Gutierrez)
Jesse Homan .... grip
Anthony Huljev .... lighting technician (as Anthony 'Twan' Huljev)
Steve Irwin .... 24 frame playback: Playback Technologies
Simon Jayes .... camera operator: "b" camera
Paul Lambiase .... grip
Jennifer Lane .... camera operator: "b" camera
Harvey Letson .... best boy grip
Arlene Nelson .... director of photography: additional photography (as Arlene Donnelly Nelson)
George Palmer .... key grip
Joe Pugliese .... archival photographer
Lawrence Rake .... lighting technician
Dan Reilly .... key grip: additional photography
John Rodgers .... lighting technician (as John C. Rogers)
Marc David Schultz .... lighting technician (as Marc Schultz)
Tom Schurke .... 24 frame playback: Playback Technologies
Scott Spencer .... chief lighting technician
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Eric Anderson .... camera operator: video camera (uncredited)
Kevin McMahon .... camera operator: video camera (uncredited)
Rod Robertson .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Roberto Schaefer .... camera operator: "a" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Leigh French .... voice casting
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Smith & Webster-Davis Casting
Stephanie Stenta .... casting assistant
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: Smith & Webster-Davis Casting (as Dixie Webster-Davis)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Bartnik .... cutter/fitter
Jamelle Flowers .... costumer
Marcy Grace Froehlich .... assistant costume designer (as Marcy Froehlich)
Jennifer Ireland .... costumer (as Jen Ireland)
Roselee Showe .... costumer
Jennifer Starzyk .... costumer
Mary Beth Sterling .... costume staff assistant
Emma Trenchard .... costume supervisor
Kanani Wolf .... costumer
Aaron Millsap .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Brian Hall .... post-production coordinator
Danny Miller .... first assistant editor
Mike Sowa .... color timer
Kyle DeVriendt .... digital film recordist (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conformist (uncredited)
Heather Holty .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Jesse Kobayashi .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Gregg Lang .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Joel Steven .... telecine assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Shelly Berg .... orchestrator
Greg Bissonette .... musician: drums (as Gregg Bissonette)
Fernand Bos .... music consultant
Ed Cherney .... music mixer
David Cole .... music recording engineer
Paul Dugre .... music recording engineer
Norbert Fimpel .... musician: saxophone
Jerry Goodman .... musician: solo violin
Christopher Guest .... musician: guitar
Tom Halm .... music copyist
Tom Halm .... music production coordinator
Andrew R. Lynch .... music recording engineer (as Andrew Lynch)
Dean Parks .... musician: guitar
Joe Satriani .... musician: guitar
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet
Adrian Van Velsen .... music editor
Jeffery C.J. Vanston .... music programmer (as CJ Vanston)
Jeffery C.J. Vanston .... musician: keyboards (as CJ Vanston)
Jeffery C.J. Vanston .... orchestrator (as CJ Vaston)
Nick Weston .... music recording engineer
David Williams .... musician: guitar
Anthony Wilson .... musician: guitar
Transportation Department
Rich Bennetti .... transportation captain
Mary Catando .... production driver (as Mary Catanado)
Keith D. Fisher .... transportation coordinator (as Keith Fisher)
Brick Graham .... production driver
William Jakubecy .... production driver
Gerry Knight .... transportation coordinator: additional photography
Andee McGuffee .... production driver
Thomas McNeal .... production driver
Charles Montgomery .... driver: Mr. Guest (as Chuck Montgomery)
Shaun Ryan .... production driver
Steve Shoemaker .... transportation captain: additional photography (as Steve 'Shoe' Shoemaker)
Frederick Trogdon .... production driver (as Fredrick Trogdon)
Don Varela .... production driver (as Don Verela)
William Wardlow .... production driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Scott Howard .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Howard Baral .... post-production accountant: RC Baral & Co
David Blasucci .... unit publicist
Jenifer Bonisteel .... assistant production coordinator
Justin J. Carter .... office staff assistant (as Justin Carter)
Louise DeCordoba .... production accountant (as Louise De Cordoba)
Michael Dennehy .... accounting clerk
Peggy Etra .... stand-in
Katy S. Fox .... assistant: Karen Murphy
Seamus Gibson .... assistant chef
Vanessa Goldberg .... stand-in
Juan Gonzalez .... assistant chef
Lori Grabowski .... script supervisor
Annie Guest .... set staff assistant
Chris Hamblin .... set staff assistant
Jessica Helmer .... stand-in
Alison Hoberman .... craft service
Jody Hummer .... location manager: additional photography
Stephanie Klube .... stand-in
Jon Ko .... set medic (as Pom 'Jon' Ko)
David Krudis .... payroll accountant
Courtney LaBree .... office staff assistant
Craig Marks .... stand-in
Donavan McDougle .... title designer
Helen McGinn .... script supervisor
Tony Mendez .... assistant chef
Murray Miller .... location manager
Lex Passaris .... consultant: TV show
Robert Paulsen .... assistant location manager
Julie M. Philips .... production attorney
William Ramirez Jr. .... craft service (as Billy Ramirez)
Paul Rathburn .... chef
Joe Roddey .... set staff assistant
Will Sandoval .... set staff assistant
David Sanfield .... caterer: Deluxe Catering
Jackie Saygan .... first assistant accountant
Cecily Schaefer .... office staff assistant
Jaron Shain .... stand-in
Ken Shapiro .... consultant: TV show
Robert Stahoviak .... stand-in (as Robert Stachowiak)
Jack Tate .... location manager
Katie Taylor .... production secretary (as Katherine Taylor)
Lisa Vijitchanton .... production coordinator
Justin Giugno .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Hariton .... studio stage manager (uncredited)
Kimberly A. Harrison .... assistant: Jennifer Coolidge (uncredited)
Lea Ann Lynch .... key assistant location manager: reshoot (uncredited)
Jason Neudecker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jill Sayre .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Zane Weiner .... production executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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The movie Catherine O'Hara is watching on television in the beginning of this film is Jezebel (1938) starring Bette Davis. She follows along with the dialogue suggesting she is very familiar with the movie. The dialogue is also repeated at the end of the film when O'Hara is teaching the acting students.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Chuck (Fred Willard) is starting the ensemble interview for Hollywood Now and says "Three, two, one, and hit 'em!", his mouth isn't moving in sync with the words.See more »
Whitney Taylor Brown:What if we do a, uh, a different holiday around the table, Easter, and just focus on the rabbit?See more »
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98 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
A Sublime Comedy - Guest with a Twist, 27 September 2006
Author: alliecat_1982

There is something both enchanting and disorienting about watching a Christopher Guest film that features conventional camera angles and a narrative structure. It is a brave, and ultimately, a rewarding choice for a director who has built his impeccable reputation on the strength of his mockumentaries.

Like its predecessors Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration is largely improvised, and reunites the same winning cast. Gone, however, are several of the conventions of Guest's previous films. For Your Consideration avoids the need to give every last character an extended 'interview' segment and instead weaves minor characters naturally into the fabric of the story. The narrative structure also prevents Guest from relying too heavily on cuts to b-roll sight gags that, while funny, are never more than gags. By challenging himself to tell this story in the absence of these and other mockumentary techniques, Guest is allowed to focus instead on scenes that show how his characters really respond to one another in the moment.

Half the fun of course is waiting for all the familiar faces to show up, and discovering what crazy character they have inhabited this time around. All the usual suspects are back in For Your Consideration, playing a colourful array of Hollywood types. Insecurities, foibles - and just a few quirks - are in full display.

Jennifer Coolidge is a brilliantly clueless producer, and Eugene Levy has a nice turn as a somewhat smarmy agent who has no faith whatsoever in his client (Harry Shearer's Victor Ann Miller). Guest himself is hilarious playing director Jay Berman, and one only wishes that we got to see more of his rehearsals with the actors, as these are some of the funniest scenes in the film. Mike McKean and Bob Balaban are a fun team as the cowriters of Home for Purim, the movie-within-the-movie. Making his first appearance in a Guest film, Ricky Gervais grabs perhaps the biggest laugh of all with a line that I won't spoil here. And while Fred Willard and Jane Lynch are dealt very broad characters, their send-up of Access Hollywood is laugh-out-loud funny, and provides the perfect vehicle for Willard's boorish shtick.

John Michael Higgins is in amazing form as Corey Taft, sporting surreal philosophies on actors and life that outdo even his colour-worshipping character from A Mighty Wind. And the doe-eyed and endlessly endearing Christopher Moynihan tosses off several absolute gems in response to the inanity going on around him. Much like his character in the film, he's likely to go unnoticed in favour of some flashier performances, but deserves accolades of his own. He and Parker Posey have a sweet, unrehearsed chemistry playing actors in puppy love.

While it is impossible to give due screen time to all of the troupe's mainstays, some deserved better. Jim Piddock is dealt a potentially juicier part than he's had in the past, as the irritable AD who is all too aware that he's surrounded by idiots. But his screen time is far too short to let it amount to much, and fans wanting to see him play against type are better advised to check out his brilliant performance in See This Movie. Meanwhile, Ed Begley Jr. is hideously miscast as the film's token flamboyant gay man. Furthermore, having such recognizable actors as Claire Forlani and particularly Sandra Oh show up for bit parts in For Your Consideration is more distracting than anything, and breaks the illusion of the self-contained world that worked so nicely in Guest's previous efforts.

Despite all of the comedic talent on display however, this is Catherine O'Hara's show, and she more than delivers in her role as fading screen star Marilyn Hack. Her insecurities, dreams, and vulnerabilities are handled with such poignancy and humour that O'Hara fully deserves whatever accolades may come her way in the months to come. She is luminous.

If For Your Consideration comes up a little short, it is in the story department. The outline devised by Guest and Levy suffers somewhat from a lack of focus. If, as Guest insists, this film is not intended as a satire of Hollywood but is rather the tragicomic tale of what happens to someone when they are told that they deserve an award, we should be spending less time on all the Hollywood in-jokes and parodies, and more time with the characters themselves.

We don't learn quite enough about our main characters – those portrayed by Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, and Parker Posey – to really understand how monumental it is for them to be caught up in the Oscar hype. We see that, professionally, they desperately need the break. But we get no perspective on how this effects their personal lives, or changes the way that they relate to the people closest to them. Where are their families? Their friends? They don't seem to have any. And if that was the point in and of itself, it wasn't brought across clearly enough.

Whatever the film's shortcomings, it is the smaller details that are purely Guest which make this film a triumph and future classic: Guest's perfect intonation as he instructs one actor to deliver his line as though "Mommy is going… now?", Jennifer Coolidge jumping in at the absolute perfect moment with "But what about me!?" in the midst of a heated argument that has nothing to do with her, or the sight of Harry Shearer suddenly wearing Rachael Harris' hat to help him get into character. These are the small moments that give Guest's works the rare distinction of being films that get progressively funnier with each viewing.

My hope for the next Guest film is that it continues to stretch the troupe in the way that these last two films have done. Ideally, we'll see an improvised, narrative comedy with some heart, all the expected hilarity… and a little more plot structure. Until then, here it is, for your consideration…

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