It's about an indie movie called "Home for Purim," a somewhat inane drama about a dysfunctional Jewish family living in the South during World War II. But while the film is still in production, a reporter for an online entertainment site drops the word -- based on a brief visit to the set -- that one of the ensemble cast performers may be an Oscar contender. It goes on to chronicle how the Oscar buzz affects the director, additional cast members, writers, an agent, a publicist, and the hosts from an Hollywood entertainment-type television program.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for sexual references and brief language.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2006.
Special features: 18 bonus scenes; theatrical trailer.
Director of photography, Roberto Schaefer ; editor, Robert Leighton ; music, Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy ; costume designer, Durinda Wood ; production designer, Joseph T. Garrity.
Catherine O'Hara, Ed Begley, Jr., Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Christopher Moynihan, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, John Michael Higgins, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch.
DVD; region 1; widescreen presentation.
Closed-captioned; dialogue in English (Dolby Surround 5.1) with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles.
Consensus: As the object of satire gets bigger the jokes become thinner, and Christopher Guest isnt as droll or insightful here than when he was lampooning smaller subjects.
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