Christopher Guest jettisons his mockumentary format and goes for straight satire with this nasty rip at Hollywood and its Oscar campaigning. Catherine OHara delivers career-best movie work as an aging actress who becomes the subject of Oscar buzz for her work in Home for Purim
, this films hilarious movie within a movie. All of the actors hit high marks here, and I can honestly say I laughed out loud more than once. Its a vicious nuclear missile directed at the movie Web sites, material-hungry talk shows and agents who make the end of the year so ridiculous in Southern California. In Guests universe, the actors are the victims of all the hypealbeit willing, almost deserving victims. OHara deserves an Oscar nomination for what she does with her face in the films final act. Shes just miraculous in this one.