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    Christopher Guest Movies

    My husband and I saw For Your Consideration yesterday and we were under-whelmed. Maybe it's because we saw it on the big screen, instead of waiting for DVD, maybe it's because the style of the movie is so different from the previous movies (it's not mockumentary style), or maybe it just wasn't that great. I don't know.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470765/

    Impressions:
    Eugene Levy isn't in it that much, and when he was, he reminded me of his character in Splash. Jane Lynch was hilarious. Really funny....and surprisingly hot. Fred Willard was just Fred Willard, nothing spectacular, but he made me laugh a few times. Parker Posey is starting to look A LOT like Sean Young.

    Catherine O'Hara was the best. The second half of the movie, I couldn't even look at her. She was really funny. Without giving anything away, I'm just going to say that it was almost worth it to see the movie, just to see her for a few minutes, not knowing anything about the movie ahead of time.

    The hairstyles/wigs stole the show. They were uniformly horrendous.

    John Michael Higgins was really good. Not his best (I really loved him in Best in Show), but he got some laughs with his lack of knowledge of technology....The internet, is that the one with email? The world wide interweb.

    I love the other movies so much more, and in this order (I know Spinal was a Rob Reiner movie):

    1. Waiting for Guffman
    2. Best in Show
    3. A Mighty Wind
    4. Spinal Tap
    5. For Your Consideration

    My husband likes them in this order:

    1. A Mighty Wind
    2. Guffman
    3. Spinal Tap
    4. Best in Show
    5. For Your Consideration

    Which have you seen, and do you like them as much as we do?? Are you planning to see For Your Consideration?

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    I've seen all the other Guest movies and agree with your order, Stink. Waiting for Guffman is great!! I'll wait for dvd to see the newest one.

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    I've commented on this before, but I believe the degree that you enjoy each of these films is based on your relation to or understanding of the subject being mocked. For example, someone familiar with the theater world will love Guffman, people who know the world of dog shows Best In Show, etc.

    I don't count Spinal Tap among the Guest films. It stands on it's own as a classic that inspired (or created if you will) the entire genre of "mockumentary".

    So this is my list, based on what I've seen (haven't seen Consideration yet):

    1. Guffman -as a theater performer I can so relate to these characters and scenarios.
    2. Wind -My mom loved the folk music when I was a kid.
    3. Show -It was funny, but I'm sure it would have been much funnier if I had familiarity with that world.




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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    I love Christopher Guest movies. My hasband liked Best in Show and A Mindy Wind but couldn't stand Waiting for Guffamn. I think it is because he never did theater.

    My order is: ( if we are counting Spinal Tap)

    1. Spinal Tap
    2. Best in Show
    3. A Mighty Wind
    4. Waiting for Guffman

    I will see For Your Consideration, but I will probably wait for the DVD.

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Quote Originally Posted by Xharryb View Post
    I've commented on this before, but I believe the degree that you enjoy each of these films is based on your relation to or understanding of the subject being mocked. For example, someone familiar with the theater world will love Guffman, people who know the world of dog shows Best In Show, etc.

    I don't count Spinal Tap among the Guest films. It stands on it's own as a classic that inspired (or created if you will) the entire genre of "mockumentary".

    So this is my list, based on what I've seen (haven't seen Consideration yet):

    1. Guffman -as a theater performer I can so relate to these characters and scenarios.
    2. Wind -My mom loved the folk music when I was a kid.
    3. Show -It was funny, but I'm sure it would have been much funnier if I had familiarity with that world.

    Interesting theory xHb! Best in Show is funnier to me than my sister because I've been around dog breeders and dog shows and it is very true!

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    I think Christopher Guest movies are best enjoyed at home, we don't typically see them in the theatre, but we love them.

    I rank them like so:

    Best in Show
    This is Spinal Tap
    A Mighty Wind
    Waiting for Guffman


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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Harry, I like your theory, but I have no association with any of the themes of his movies so far....I just like certain characters, just can't get enough of them. I loved Corky St. Clair in Guffman, and the minor characters, too. I loved Blaine, the stupidness of the show, the townspeople.

    Catherine O'Hara's characters tend to be my favorites, while my husband loves Eugene Levy and Fred Willard.

    And Parker Posey. I adore all her characters, but esp. Best in Show.

    I think Best in Show had the best characters and I loved the script. Funny stuff....very subtle humor sometimes. We use lines from that movie all the time. Like when I'm with my husband and I'm paying for something, he'll say, "That's the good card." Then we'll do the how we met at Starbucks, but not the same Starbucks....he even knows their drinks. And anytime it's quiet, he (or the kids) will say, "We can just talk or not talk for hours."

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Interesting how everyone's order is different

    My order would be

    1 Waiting for Guffman (The first Guest movie I saw. These characters are my favorite overall. Love the cheesy music and dance. I really want a Remains of the Day lunch box too)
    2 Best in Show (God loves a terrier!)
    3 A Mighty Wind (funny of course and slightly more sentimental but not as rewatchable to me)

    I really want to see For Your Consideration. I'm just really busy with work and night school right now We also need to see the new Bond.

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkerbell View Post
    Harry, I like your theory, but I have no association with any of the themes of his movies so far.....
    Like I said, they are still funny no matter what. If one were to come out that you did relate to however, I'm betting it would jump to the top of your list.




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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    I might be seeing FYC this weekend but Ive seen so many reviews that it isnt that great I'm starting to reconsider

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Best in Show is my absolute favorite. Pat and I are supposed to see For Your Consideration when Im in CO in 2 weeks. If its even still playing.
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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkerbell View Post
    John Michael Higgins was really good. Not his best (I really loved him in Best in Show), but he got some laughs with his lack of knowledge of technology....The internet, is that the one with email? The world wide interweb.
    they said "interweb"!! my sister and i have been saying that forever!

    anyways, i think my favorite is "A Mighty Wind". i love it. so many great parts. jane lynch talking about her days in porn, fred willard and the whole "wha happened?!" thing, and i love when christopher guest sings "skeletons of quinto". when he sings the part in spanish i lose it everytime.

    best in show is my #2. that was the first one i saw. in my opinion, fred willard kills in this one. i love his commentary during the dog show, "take a guess at how much I can bench press. Come on, what do you think? Take a guess. 315 pounds, maxing out at 400!". catherine o'hara playing a slut was awesome too.

    guffman is great too. again, i love fred willard in this one. "i had to have penis reduction surgery", high comedy.

    spinal tap is classic as well. i'm still excited to see "for your consideration", but i'll probably wait for dvd now.
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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Awwww tonite we are trying to decide between Happy Feet and FYC, and Happy Feet might win out after all....

    How was Jennifer Coolidge in FYC??? I just love that woman, and if she was funny, FYC will be totally worth it to me.
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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    Jennifer Coolidge was pretty good. Kinda did the dumb blonde thing, but she's always good. Not worth $9 each in the big theater good though. She wasn't extremely memorable, but neither was most of the cast. It was a letdown.

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    Re: Christopher Guest Movies

    I suppose one of the reasons I enjoy Christopher Guest's films so much is because of my personal involvement in several of the topics he's lampooned. I spent several years showing dogs. As an actor, I've been involved in plenty of small theatre projects and have spent a little time around the film & television industry. He is really a master at capturing the quirks and foibles of whatever "culture" he is skewering.

    Xharryb has hit the nail directly on the head. I can tell you that "Best In Show" "Waiting For Guffman" and "For Your Consideration" are almost documentaries.

    Victoria and I saw "For Your Consideration" yesterday in Hollywood with two friends. They didn't like the film very much. We were laughing out loud. I'm ready to buy the DVD so we can watch it over and over. The caricatures and stereotypes were spot on. I've met those actors. I've worked with that director. (Not literally, but figuratively.) When the studio "suit" showed up, Vic actually leaned over to me and whispered a name. I have a very good friend in the industry who's tiny drop of Native American blood is a badge of honor. (He's a red-headed Irishman, really.)

    Christoper Guest's films work on several levels. If you're just going to see a movie, you'll be entertained. If you have some practical knowledge of the subject, you'll catch a ton of additional inside jokes. How fun would it be if he would do a film about Disney wonks! Most people would probably find it amusing, but we'd all be dying with laughter... not so much because we'd be seeing "over-the-top" characters... but because we'd be seeing us. In a lot of ways, that's funny enough.
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