Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: Comedy about the entertainment business, including two central lesbian characters.
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Year: 2006
Duration: 86 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: PG-13
Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Starring: Catherine O’Hara, Stephen Rannazzisi, Ed Begley Jr., Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Christopher Moynihan, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Carrie Aizley, Stephanie Courtney, Suzy Nakamura, Jim Piddock, Jane Morris, Jennifer Coolidge, Jordan Black

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Christopher Guest, the creator of mockumentaries like Best in Show, brings us this send up of Hollywood and the entertainment business. It’s a movie within a movie, and we watch the production of ‘Home for Purim’ and what happens when an Oscar buzz surrounds three of the lead actors.

It’s filled with low key, dry humor, and the cast and crew are beyond quirky as they work on an overly dramatic film about a Jewish family in the 1940s deep south. When the mother (Catherine O’Hara, Best in Show, Orange County) is dying, her children come home for Purim, including daughter Rachel (Parker Posey, Best in Show, Tales of the City), who has been estranged. She arrives with her girlfriend Mary Pat (Rachael Harris, Kicking and Screaming) and comes out to her family.

Callie Webb, who plays the character of Rachel, just finished a one woman show called ‘No Penis Intended.’ She and Marilyn Hack (the mother) are both being mentioned for Oscar nominations, but the actor playing Mary Pat gives Callie the edge. ‘Dying is easy. Playing a lesbian is hard.’

The rest of the film is filled with interesting appearances from out lesbian Jane Lynch (Glee, Best in Show, ‘The L Word’), Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show, The Broken Hearts Club), Sandra Oh (Under the Tuscan Sun, Further Tales of the City), Sarah Shahi (‘The L Word,’ Dr T and the Women) , Carrie Aizley (‘Campus Ladies’), Harry Shearer, Ed Begley Jr., Eugene Levy, Fred Willard and more. It’s quite a farce, but it fell a little flat for me. (AB)