A Mighty Wind

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Released 2003

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Director:
Christopher Guest
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13

A Mighty Wind is a 2003 comedy about the careers of several fictitious folk music bands. To commemorate the death of their father, a famous music producer, his children decide to organize a concert featuring three of the folk music groups whose music he once produced. The first group, The Folksmen, is comprised of Alan Barrows (Christopher Guest), Mark Shubb (Harry Shearer) and Jerry Palter (Michael McKean). The second group, The New Main Street Singers, features only one member of the original group, George Menschell (Paul Dooley). The third group, Mitch and Mickey, is comprised of former lovers, Mitch Cohen (Eugene Levy) and Mickey Crabbe (Catherine O'Hara). As the tribute concert draws near, the film explores the past careers of each group through a series of interviews and fake archival footage. On the day of the concert, however, drama explodes between the members of all of the groups, throwing the entire evening into chaos.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Guest and Mr. Levy's jokes are sometimes so subtle as to seem imperceptible, until you realize that they are everywhere, from the broadest gestures to the tiniest details of dr...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The jokes would be funny even if they weren't perfectly timed, but what makes them come across as so poignant is the seriousness with which the director and his co-conspirators del...

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    The gifted repertory company again creates an amusing gallery of incisively observed characters, riffing off each other with enjoyment levels that frequently prove contagious.

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    Comedy

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    Independent, Satire, Musicals, Mockumentaries, Classics