Owen Gleiberman
May 02, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

Christopher Guest’s sublime, dizzying satire of American folk music and the people who once played it. Shot in Guest’s patented mode of deadpan faux-documentary, the movie pokes its finger in the eye of folk musicians, in all their twee communal cheer, but it also gets you to fall for the mirage you’re laughing at. Among the groups that assemble for a reunion concert are the New Main Street Singers, a brainwashed cult of smiley reformed misfits; the Folksmen (Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, reunited from Spinal Tap), a trio of ridiculously quaint and jaunty pluckers; and Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara), whose tender warblings are at once a joke and something more–a repository of lost boomer dreams.

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