Monday, October 12, 2009

Awesome Movie Highlight: No. 4--Christopher Guest movies

Waiting for Guffman/Best in Show/A Mighty Wind/For Your Consideration

Christopher Guest is a comedy genius. Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard steal each scene in every movie, which is hard to do when every single person is uproariously funny. Aside from songs in the movies, the dialogue is unscripted and the actors ramble on and on in character. Nothing tends to happen, but comedy gold is struck solely in dialogue. No one else can do that. There’s no way for me to separate the movies in rank. There are all pure genius.

Waiting for Guffman is waiting to actually make it to Broadway and shine a spotlight on the fictional town of Blaine, Missouri. It’s a town of idiots founded by idiots. The best part is the dinner double date and the circumcision discussion. Eugene Levy was fantastic as a two-left-footed, cross-eyed dentist with a wish for being a stand-up comedian when he is clearly unfunny.
"'Cause you people are BASTARD PEOPLE!" -Corky St. Claire (Guest)

Christopher Guest’s second directorial/authorial movie, the one that went…sort of mainstream…a mockumentary about a dog show? Best in Show is the first Guest movie with Jane Lynch and Jennifer Coolidge in it. It couldn’t get any better for people who love to laugh at ridiculous dry humor. Every person in the cast was absolutely poop-from-laughing-too-hard hilarious. And Parker Posey even got real braces just for the role!
“Leslie and I have an amazing relationship and it's very physical, he still pushes all my buttons. People say 'oh but he's so much older than you' and you know what, I'm the one having to push him away. We have so much in common, we both love soup and snow peas, we love the outdoors, and talking and not talking. We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about.” -Sherri Ann Cabot (Coolidge)

A Mighty Wind was the Guest movie I saw first and fell instantly in love with it. That may be because I’m a folkie, and it’s a mockumentary about folk musicians. It’s amazing that every actor sang and played for their parts. Who knew Eugene Levy could sing so wonderfully? His song with Catherine O’Hara “Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” sounds like it could be a real song. No wonder why the song was nominated for a Grammy. And the songs are ridiculously twisted and often sexually undertoned. Each character is subtly ridiculous and delivery of jokes are natural and precise.
“Thank God for the model trains, you know? If they didn't have the model trains they wouldn't have gotten the idea for the big trains.” -Amber Cole (Coolidge)

The underappreciated For Your Consideration is brilliant as well. With the addition of Rachel Harris to the main spotlight, Guest movies could still go strong. A satire of the film industry—its advertising methods, interviews, celebrity status, awards, production changes, and so much more—FYC is more polished than the other films. Less interviewing and more action. But still unscripted, despite rumor.
"Someone's killed their children and made them into cookies, and I want to go see that." -Whitney Taylor Brown (Coolidge)

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