Movie Series - Christopher Guest (Mockumentary) Series, The
These films do not have an official title, but have a common denominator of Christopher Guest, who stars in the first and directs the following four. All five films have a similar recurring cast.
This is Spinal Tap is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the fictional heavy-metal/hard rock band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard-rock and heavy-metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.
Reiner and the three main stars, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, are credited as the writers of the film, based on the fact that much of the dialogue was ad libbed, a trend that that would continue for the subsequent films.
Waiting for Guffman was a 1997 mockumentary tracing the lives of members of an amateur theater company endeavoring to put on a show commemorating their hometown of Blaine's 150th year as a city. Eugene Levy is co-credited as the writer of the script as he is for the subsequent films (along with Guest) though the dialogue is still largely improvised. Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Fred Willard also make their first appearances in the series.
Best in Show, released in 2000, follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show. The film focuses on the slightly surreal interactions among the various owners and handlers as they travel to the show and compete. Again, much of the dialogue was improvised. Michael Hitchcock plays a more prominent role, along with newcomers Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, and Jennifer Coolidge.
A Mighty Wind was a 2003 mockumentary about a folk music reunion concert and the three groups that must come together to perform on national television for the first time in years.
For Your Consideration, the most recent, was a 2006 comedy revolving around three actors (Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Harry Shearer) who learn that their performances in the film Home for Purim, a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz. It is a departure as, while the dialogue is still improvised, the film is not a mockumentary.
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