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Running Time:
87 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sex-related humor

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Additional scenes ; Live TV broadcast of the concert: the climactic benefit show in its entirety; "Vintage" TV appearances of the bands; The Folksmen, The New Main Street Singers, and Mitch & Mickey biographies; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer.



A Mighty Wind
The story begins when Bob Balaban playing the son of the late folk music producer - Irving Steinbloom decides to put together a televised reunion concert featuring his father's most famous acts. Director Christopher Guest and his cowriter Eugene Levy have done for folk music what they did for small town theater groups in "Waiting for Guffman" and dog shows championships in "Best in Show." Guest has once again pulled together his clever improvisational troupe to affectionately parody folk music and its practitioners. We first meet the still performing Folksmen, a Kingston Trio-like bunch whose 3 members are Guest with his bald head ringed with a bushy gray fringe, Harry Shearer as its cofounding bass fiddle player and the sunnily vacant guitarist Michael McKean. These guys are determined to prove that their rival folk group - the Main St. Singers (a New Christy Minstrel type group) only sing commercial tripe. They're played by John Michael Higgins (Best in Show), Jane Lynch (Best in Show) as his controlling, color-coordinated wife and a gaggle of overzealous cheerleader-costumed types, including Parker Posey. Their manager is a blonde spiked former child star played with his usual brand of over-the top outrageousness by Fred Willard. The plot's drama revolves around the reunion of the long estranged Mitch and Mickey. Mitch (Eugene Levy) using a weird, pinched speaking voice and sporting a salt and pepper wig and goatee and Mickey (Catherine O'Hara) constantly plucking away at her Autoharp. It seems they're best remembered for their legendary televised kiss during a song as well as for their well publicized breakup and Mitch's ultimate descent into mental institutions. Also in the cast are Ed Begley Jr. as a Swedish folk expert, Larry Miller as a folk music historian, and in a tiny role, Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) as an airheaded publicist. Just like a documentary, Guest's film moves back and forward in time with scenes leading up to the big Town Hall concert alternating with interviews about the glory days of the former folk stars. And the songs, complete with their looney lyrics sounds like the real thing too. If you enjoy the witty brand of humor of Guest and his clever, if sometimes wacky improvisors, you'll savor this good-natured, often hilarious look back at the music of the 60's.






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