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A Mighty Wind

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A Mighty Wind
A Mighty Wind: Suzanne Tenner

A Mighty Wind

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
92 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/16/03
performer:
Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard
director:
Christopher Guest
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
genre:
Comedy, musical

We gave it an A

Those ”Chicago” show-offs aren’t the only actors who can vocalize on screen. For their third mockumentary (after ”Waiting for Guffman” and ”Best in Show”), Christopher Guest and Co. spoof folk musicians, playing three ’60s acts who reunite for a tribute concert. ”I wanted specifically to do a movie with music in it,” says Guest. ”And I happen to have a background in folk music — I was in a band called the Bluegrass Partners in 1966.” Though Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer — otherwise known as Spinal Tap — were already musically proficient (their ”Wind” alter egos, the Folksmen, even opened for Spinal Tap in 2001), some of their costars needed schooling in their obscure instruments. ”I don’t think I’d ever even SEEN a mandolin,” says Parker Posey, who had the least amount of musical experience of anyone in the cast, of her prop. ”I think I thought it was a ukulele.” Now, about that title: We’re supposed to catch a whiff of flatulence, correct? ”No, that doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Guest says. Really? ”No, absolutely not.” Wait…really? ”Nope. I’m dead serious. I would tell you.” We still don’t believe him. (April 16)