Back together for the first time, again.
Starring: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Jane Lynch
Director: Christopher Guest
Written By: Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy
Run time: 91 minutes
Rated: PG-13 for sex-related humour.
July is a time to celebrate long days, warm weather and being Canadian! There are many ways to do this, including having a barbeque, going to the beach or attending an outdoor music festival. (For example, the Home County Folk Festival held in London, Ontario from July 20 to July 22!) While STPL can’t host a barbeque or take you to the beach (sorry!), we can help get you into the spirit of summer by showing a hilarious “mockumentary” about folk musicians starring (and co-written!) by Canadians. Admission is free so come on in, cool down and enjoy a laugh with us!
The writing and directing team who created “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show” turn their satiric eye toward the world of folk music in this sly mockumentary. Irving Steinbloom was one of the great behind-the-scenes figures of the folk music boom of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and helped to nurture the careers of three of the best known acts of the era. When it is announced that the legendary Irving Steinbloom has died , his son Jonathan (Bob Balaban) decides that the best way to memorialize his father is through music, and with the help of Mike LaFontaine (Fred Willard) of Hi-Class Management, they set out to bring The Folksmen, Mitch & Mickey, and The New Main Street Singers back together for a special concert at New York’s Town Hall. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer — who previously teamed up for This Is Spinal Tap — not only perform together as The Folksmen in A Mighty Wind, but composed most of the songs performed onscreen.
~ Mark Deming, Rovi (quoted by Rotten Tomatoes)