A Mighty Wind
2003
Satirist in extremis Christopher Guest aims his mockumentary lens at 1960s folk musicians -- specifically, the earnest Folksmen (portrayed by erstwhile Spinal Tappers Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer), the too-perky New Main Street Singers and former lovebirds Mitch & Mickey. As the three acts prepare to reunite for a tribute concert, music and emotions run high. This Grammy winner is a parody in the tradition of Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

The “mockumentary” format is a wonderful medium for comedy, since it allows the jokes to come directly from the characters instead of from any plot contrivance. Like the best of them, this film creates characters so endearing that by the end, you start laughing just by seeing them on screen. Its weakness is that it enjoys its (well-done) folk music so much that the performances take over, pushing the characters, and the jokes, into the background. While most of the actors are just right, Eugene Levy (!) never overcomes his central character’s tedious speech pattern. I can’t quite recommend this.

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