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(2006) (Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer) (PG-13)

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Comedy: People involved in the making of and reporting on a holiday movie react to news that some of the performers in it might receive award nominations, all while dealing with studio changes to the film to make it more commercial.
For those on the set of the holiday movie "Home For Purim," the chance to appear in the film has different meanings. Aging veteran actress Marilyn Hack (CATHERINE O'HARA) sees it as an opportunity to show off her acting skills, with makeup artist and hair stylist Sandy Lane (ED BEGLEY JR.) agreeing, while her veteran co-star, Victor Allan Miller (HARRY SHEARER), thinks he should be getting more parts, a point his agent, Morley Orfkin (EUGENE LEVY) tries to smooth over.

Then there are young lovers Callie Webb (PARKER POSEY) and Brian Chubb (CHRISTOPHER MOYNIHAN) who are happy to be working together, even if they're playing siblings in the film where her character brings home a lesbian lover -- played by intense actress Debbie Gilchrist (RACHAEL HARRIS) -- for the Jewish holiday.

While flighty producer Whitney Taylor Brown (JENNIFER COOLIDGE) is on the set but unsure of what's occurring, unlike cinematographer Simon Whitset (JIM PIDDOCK), publicist Corey Taft (JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS) is trying to get word out about the film. At the same time, studio executive Martin Gibb (RICKY GERVAIS) tries to convince the director, Jay Berman (CHRISTOPHER GUEST), to make the film more commercially appealing -- meaning jettisoning most of the Jewish elements -- a request that doesn't set well with the writers, Philip Koontz (BOB BALABAN) and Lane Iverson (MICHAEL MCKEAN).

However, things change when rumor spreads on the Internet that Marilyn might earn award nominations for her work, a story reported by Chuck Porter (FRED WILLARD) and Cindy Martin (JANE LYNCH), anchors for the entertainment news program, "Hollywood Now." From that point on, and as the film gains traction in the trades and is finally released, those associated with it eagerly await awards season time.

If they're fans of the comedies from director Christopher Guest, someone in the cast, or films about the inner-workings of Hollywood, they just might.
For sexual references and brief language.
  • CATHERINE O'HARA plays a veteran actress who chews up the scenery with her overly melodramatic acting and then hopes -- based on outside rumors -- that she might get some award nominations for her work. She briefly uses strong profanity while angry, and appears to be intoxicated in one scene.
  • HARRY SHEARER player her veteran co-star best known for appearing in a hot dog commercial who believes he should be getting more and better parts, a point he often brings up with his agent.
  • EUGENE LEVY plays that agent who's unwilling and/or unable to bring himself to tell Victor that no longer in much demand. That is, until rumors spread that the actor might also be nominated for which the agent then takes credit.
  • PARKER POSEY plays a former one-woman performance act who must deal with the good and bad aspects of having her boyfriend being her costar.
  • CHRISTOPHER MOYNIHAN plays that man, an actor who isn't happy when he's left out of all the awards talk.
  • RACHAEL HARRIS plays the intense actress who plays opposite of Callie as her lesbian lover in the film.
  • JENNIFER COOLIDGE plays the flighty producer who's always on the set but doesn't ever seem to know what's occurring.
  • JIM PIDDOCK plays the capable cinematographer.
  • JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS plays the behind the times publicist who's trying to stir up some word about the film and is pleased when rumors start spreading about possible acting nominations.
  • RICKY GERVAIS plays the studio executive who wants to jettison much of the Jewish elements to make (in his mind) the film more commercially appealing.
  • CHRISTOPHER GUEST plays the film's director.
  • BOB BALABAN and MICHAEL MCKEAN play the film's screenwriters who aren't happy with the proposed, radical changes to their script.
  • FRED WILLARD plays a flamboyant and outspoken TV entertainment news show anchor who doesn't care what toes he steps on while pursuing his story and/or agenda.
  • JANE LYNCH plays his co-host on that show.


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    The following is a quick look at the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also spoken. Sexually related dialogue is present, various women show varying amounts of cleavage (and some other women are briefly seen in somewhat revealing attire), and two characters in the film within the film are noted as being lesbians (although no related activity occurs between them).

    Some bad attitudes are present, some characters drink (and one appears intoxicated in the morning), while a few hold pipes. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some handheld camerawork in the film.

  • One of Marilyn's friends has a drink.
  • Miscellaneous people drink at a show.
  • Whitney has wine, as does Sandy, while Simon has a beer at a party. We then see Victor and Morley with drinks there as well, as do various other cast and crew members.
  • After failing to get an Oscar nomination, Marilyn appears to be intoxicated early in the morning at home.
  • Whitney states that she has a diaper company called Brown Diaper Service (since her last name is Brown).
  • To try to make himself look busy, Morley fakes the end of a phone call when Victor enters.
  • About two TV anchors, Cory says, "I can't speak for the painted whore next to him."
  • Some studio executives want the movie to tone down its "Jewishness," with one saying he doesn't go around saying, "I'm a gentile, look at my foreskin."
  • Brian is jealous of Callie's Oscar buzz, and we later hear they broke up.
  • When Sandy says that Marilyn is the queen (of actresses), Simon jokes that there are lots of queens (gays) on the set, adding, "You know what I mean."
  • Chuck has his show focus on those who didn't get Oscar nominations (and asks them embarrassing questions), including surprising Marilyn early in the morning at home as she takes out the trash.
  • About seeing Marilyn's abundant cleavage, Chuck states, "Now I know what it's like to stare down into the Grand Canyon."
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  • Phrases: "F*ck you," "I can't speak for the painted whore next to him." "Holly would if she could" (a sexual play on the word Hollywood), "I've got wood" (an erection), "You know what they say about blind prostitutes -- You really need to hand it to them," "Now I know what it's like to stare down into the Grand Canyon" (Chuck about seeing Marilyn's abundant cleavage), "What the hell/ are you doing here/are you talking..." "To piss on," "Smart ass," "It's brighter than bloody Stephen Hawking in here," "A fox smells his own hole first," "Bloke," "Pussyfooting," "Freakin' lesbo," "Freaking," "Wankers" and "Drives me nuts."
  • Some miscellaneous women wear midriff-revealing tops.
  • None.
  • None.
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  • At least 1 "f" word, 1 slang term using female genitals ("c*nts" -- which is how Whitney mispronounces Philip's last name, Koontz), 2 hells, 1 ass, 1 crap, 1 wankers, 4 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "God" and 1 use each of "Jesus," "My God," "Oh God" and "Oh Jesus."
  • Whitney shows cleavage.
  • We hear that Callie and Brian are playing siblings (in the film) and living the life of lovers (in real life).
  • We see an extra in an open robe with just a loincloth beneath that (in passing).
  • We hear that Callie's former show was called "No penis intended."
  • Pam shows some cleavage.
  • Callie and Debbie play lesbian characters in the movie (with Callie introducing Debbie as "my friend"). In a scene, Brian's character asks if Debbie's lives near his sister, with Debbie's character replying yes if you call sleeping next to her close. After the scene is done, there's talk about whether the gayness of their characters will come through and the word "pussyfooting" is used, with Brian stating "That sounds gay."
  • There's brief passionate kissing in a clip from another movie.
  • One of Marilyn's friends shows a lot of cleavage.
  • A TV weather woman does a ventriloquist bit with a male monkey puppet, voicing the latter suggestively and jokingly lamenting that if it was only the female anchor's hand up inside it.
  • About two TV anchors, Cory says, "I can't speak for the painted whore next to him."
  • After Cory says that Victor should think about his sex appeal, the actor (who's appearing in a hotdog commercial) says he's more used to being a food object and not a sex object.
  • About a character Marilyn played in the past, Chuck jokes, "You know what they say about blind prostitutes -- You really need to hand it to them."
  • In passing, we see a showgirl in a standard costume that shows part of her bare butt.
  • Some studio executives want the movie to tone down its "Jewishness," with one saying he doesn't go around saying, "I'm a gentile, look at my foreskin."
  • Cindy shows some cleavage.
  • Marilyn shows a lot of cleavage sporting a sexed-up look (in several scenes).
  • A male radio show host plays off the word Hollywood, saying "Holly would if she could," that he has "morning wood" (an erection), and that he has "wood" because of Callie being on his show. He then asks how many nude scenes she has, and when she says none, he asks why then all the buzz about her.
  • On an MTV type talk show, two young women (one with a bare midriff) do some close dancing with Victor who's a guest on the show.
  • Whitney, who shows more cleavage, is asked if she's a natural blonde, with her dumbly replying, no and that it's all brown and curly (presumably referring to her pubic hair).
  • Marilyn's friend shows cleavage.
  • When Sandy says that Marilyn is the queen (of actresses), Simon jokes that there are lots of queens (gays) on the set, adding, "You know what I mean."
  • About seeing Marilyn's abundant cleavage, Chuck states, "Now I know what it's like to stare down into the Grand Canyon."
  • We see a miscellaneous actress/model in a bikini top for a TV infomercial.
  • We see Victor's character with a pipe in the movie.
  • Chuck holds a fake pipe on his TV show.
  • In the movie within the movie, Callie plays a daughter who hasn't been home for 12 years.
  • Whitney says she hates her family.
  • Callie's comment that people are acting all of the time.
  • Sandy's comment that the Oscar is the backbone of the film industry and that they need more pageantry in it.
  • Lesbianism.
  • Callie's statement that she doesn't act for trophies.
  • Hollywood and how the moviemaking world works.
  • Purim.
  • None.

  • Reviewed October 23, 2006 / Posted November 22, 2006

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