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A MIGHTY WIND (2003) 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… 2003-04-16 PG-13 PT92M Comedy Musical Christopher Guest Eugene Levy Michael McKean Harry Shearer Bob Balaban Ed Begley Jr. Jennifer Coolidge Catherine O'Hara Parker Posey Fred Willard Warner Bros.
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A MIGHTY WIND (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Details Limited Release: Apr 16, 2003; Rated: PG-13; Length: 92 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Musical; With: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer; Distributor: Warner Bros.

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.

Originally posted May 02, 2003 Published in issue #708 May 02, 2003 Order article reprints