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on 21 February 2017
Clever little film that did not seem to do anything on release, that I was aware of. Wonderful slightly alternative cast who really acted well. Film was a little slow to start but once the Oscar rumour got going the film really motored and the transition the 'nomination hopefuls' went through on the back of these rumours was very amusing (Jewish tongue in cheek story line quite funny if of limited appeal, as, ironically highlighted in the films story) and quite satirical, as was their downfall when nothing materialised. Shows how up its own end Hollywood can be, all with the peripheral idiots, lackeys and hanger oners, each an amusing character. Only fly in the ointment was the true to form totally unfunny and wooden actor that is Ricky Jervais.
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on 13 October 2017
Even if this film it's not as good as the Christopher Guest three masterpieces (A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, Waiting for Guffman, and as bonus, the Rob Reiner direted This is Spinal Tap), it still is a very well written satire about so called independent cinema, and the tailor made-films for receiving awards. It's not as funny as the other three, but it's still damn funny!!!
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on 20 June 2017
Nowhere near as good as This Is Spinal Tap or other Christopher Guest movies, felt a little like they missed a few opportunities to really parody Oscar-bait films of recent years, instead it felt like it was spoofing Hollywood of the sixties instead. But still great comedy actors with a few laughs
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on 20 October 2017
Not a fan.
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on 31 March 2017
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on 8 June 2007
The team behind A Mighty Wind and Best in Show return with this sly satirical take on how the 'buzz'on a movie can lead to all sorts of trouble.When the cast of the small Jewish themed movie Home for Purim start to find out that there is such a buzz on their movie the actors,producers and PR all start speculating what may happen.As the buzz grows what started as a gossip item on an internet web site gets into the mainstream and the local LA media start to take interest.

The usual suspects Christopher Guest,Gene Levy,Catherine O 'Hara,Harry Shearer are joined by the likes of Parker Posey and Ricky Gervais who plays a smarmy Hollywood studio 'suit' who wants the title of the movie changed to give it a wider audience.As the time passes the studio gets its way and the movie becomes Home for Thanksgiving and the actors involved veterans Marilyn Hack and Victor Allen Miller played by O'Hara and Shearer change from jobbing actors into semi-stars.

The main cast have done this thing before and are uniformely good and the ending set three months after the day of the Oscar nominations and the disappointments that are involved are also funny to anyone who has even a smidgen of knowledge of how Hollywood works.
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on 19 November 2007
After reading quite a few disappointing reviews of this film, I felt less and less in a hurry to go and see it, even though I am a big Christopher Guest fan. But boy, am I glad I finally did buy a copy! Even if it feels a bit sketchy in places, every scene is a joy to watch, and the outtakes on the DVD are easily as good as anything that did make the final cut. Christopher Guest generously gives each member of his wonderful cast at least one scene to shine, and shine they do. Much has been said about Catherine O'Hara's performance, and she IS wonderful, both heartbreaking and hilarious as the character actress who gets bitten by the Oscar-bug. Fred Willard and the wonderful Jane Lynch are absolutely hysterical as the morning-tv show hosts from hell, who aren't that far away from anything we actually see on tv every day. As with all good satire, it feels like you are watching a documentary. When you see Catherine O'Hara's character watching the oscar nominees being read out on tv, waiting for her own name to be mentioned, you realise: that's what it actually must be like for these actresses! So, all in all, perhaps not Christopher Guest's most solid film, but I assure you, if you have liked his work before, you are going to love this one. I certainly did!
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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2008
Christopher Guest set a high bar for mockumentaries, with the likes of Best in Show and of course, Spinal Tap. However, in his latest outing he fails to reach those heights, even if he makes a movie which is still intermittently mirthsome and has some heart to go with the satire.
The mockumentary style is toned down a little, making this a slightly more conventional film than usual. When the cast of has-beens and preening wannabes of a new B-movie `Home For Purim' find out that they are generating Oscar buzz, they start to believe the hype and act in increasingly erratic ways as their egos clash with the artificiality of Hollywood chat shows, agents, and producers.
There is definitely some genuine wit here - `Oscars - the backbone of an industry that doesn't have a backbone', but some characters work better than others, and there are few really scathing moments you'll remember long after the movie. (`French movies? Hate the subtitles... I keep thinking I am watching breaking news...').
Highlights include the truly dreadfully shallow Hollywood chat show presenters, and more especially the actors strained smiles as they listen to unforgivably crass questions coming their way. The moment when the show goes out to interview the `losers' who were not nominated is terrific, and seals the deal to turn warm smiles into chuckles for this reviewer. Best of all is the cameo from Ricky Gervais, the studio director who asks if it is possible to `tone down the Jewishness'.
A success then, worth watching, just not a rolling in the aisles laugh-fest.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 16 October 2008
Christopher Guest, the Master of the Mockumentary, takes a satirical look at movie-making by using the old movie-with-a-movie technique. We see a really bad, low-budget movie called, "Home for Purim" being made by a motley collection of actors, writers, publicists, make-up artists, etc. One by one the actors hear they might be on the short-list for an Oscar nod so they make the talk-show circuit and await the official announcement.

I liked that this movie was less a mockumentary and more of a straight movie; although writer/director/star Guest is known for having his actors improvise the dialogue, this seemed more scripted and conventional. It isn't as hilarious as Best In Show, but it's certainly cute and enjoyable throughout thanks to his talented troupe of actors, especially Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard. Unfortunately, the cast is way too large, giving everyone less screen time and making each character less connected to the plot and to the audience.

Poking fun of Hollywood is always fun and I enjoyed this movie, even though it's not Guest's best work.
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on 2 September 2008
This is very clever hilarious satire. Like Woody Allen the jokes are sometime subtle. Some of the cameos are superb, watch for Nina Conti and her cheeky monkey. However, I suspect a lot of the joke will be missed unless you know what the Jewish festival Purim is. As Ricky Gervais's character says, the film needs to be less Jewish to appeal, but that would destroy the point of the film.

The one disappointment is the ending, it fizzles out rather than having a definitive ending. I guess that the weakness of the mockumentary style.
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