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A MIGHTY WIND

Director Christopher Guest
Year 2003
Starring Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch, Parker Posey
Rating PG-13
Run Time 91min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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“There was abuse in my family, but it was mostly musical in nature.”

With three features (WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW and A MIGHTY WIND) Christopher Guest and collaborator Eugene Levy didn’t invent the mockumentary genre, but they perfected it.

Now this style of filmmaking has found its way into horror films and studio comedies and even broadcast sitcoms. Yet no one has utilized its strengths better than Guest. His films have a sort of gonzo realism to them. On one hand they house over-the-top characters put into contrived situations. On the other, though, the documentary style filmmaking and Guest’s own subtle dramatic touch lets the viewer feel empathy and sympathy for these crazy goofballs as if they are real people.

The best example of this tightrope act is A MIGHTY WIND. The film delivers a brilliantly satirical look at folk music in all its ruminations. Along the way we get a fake history of three stereotypical folk groups coupled with more personal back stories of each.

The film’s biting wit and amazing comedic performances marry effectively with the drama unfolding underneath. Oh, and all the songs are pretty damn great.

Part comedy, part tragedy, part musical: A MIGHTY WIND is Guest and company at their very best. (R.J. LaForce)

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