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October 06, 2006

Synopses of Christopher Guest Films

  • Waiting for Guffman (1996): Partially improvised mock documentary follows a lovable bunch of misfits, has-beens and losers as they unexpectedly get their shot at glory in a community theater production. Stars Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Fred Willard.
  • Best in Show (2000): Partially improvised mock documentary follows a lovable bunch of misfits, has-beens and losers as they unexpectedly get their shot at glory in a championship dog show. Stars Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Fred Willard.
  • A Mighty Wind (2003): Partially improvised mock documentary follows a lovable bunch of misfits, has-beens and losers as they unexpectedly get their shot at glory in a folk music reunion concert. Stars Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Fred Willard.
  • For Your Consideration (2006): You get the idea. In a Hollywood movie, this time.

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And it's working!

(Though I think "unexpectedly" is hardly true in the case of "Best in Show" -- they've been training for this. And the beauty is, they're different misfits every time.)

Posted by: Jameson | Oct 6, 2006 2:02:38 PM

The twist: this one has Ricky Gervais in it.

Posted by: josh mishell | Oct 6, 2006 2:17:55 PM

No, I don't get the idea.

..community theater production

..championship dog show

..folk music reunion concert

..???!?!!?!?!

The suspense is killing me.

Posted by: wah | Oct 6, 2006 3:24:12 PM

Wow, you're just so...clever. I bet Christopher Guest himself never noticed this continuity across his films. Forward this URL to him! He'll be kicking himself, I've no doubt, wishing he'd spent time creating entirely different casts of characters for each film, shepherding his casts through different varieties of comedy every time out, searching for remarkable humanity and complexity in his films, finding a -

- Oh. Wait. Never mind.

Next I imagine you'll want to post comparative summaries of the films of Wiseman, Spielberg, Erroll Morris, and so forth. One-trick ponies all - Morris with his 'is it comedy?' interviews of outcasts and weirdlings, Wiseman with his pretentious 'direct cinema' bullshit, Spielberg and his goddamn children-in-peril schlock (with breaks for empty genre exercises).

Please continue to bless us, O Lord, with this bounty of critical insight.

Posted by: Wax Banks | Oct 7, 2006 12:02:06 AM

there is an older one starring Kevin Bacon that's a real good story about a filmmaker trying to get his film made

it has to be ten or fifteen years ago and I dont remember the name of the top of my head

Teri Hatcher plays a hot young actress in it...when she was actually young and hot

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