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A Mighty Wind
Directed By:  Christopher Guest
Written By:  Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Starring:  Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley,
Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake,
Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Larry Miller, Christopher Moynihan,
Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual related humor

    When you think of the decade of the 1960's, one thing immediately comes to mind.  Yes, that one thing is, of course, folk music.  The 60's were, above all else, the golden time for folk groups like The Main Street Singers, as well as the legendary duo of Mitch & Mickey.  For the youth of the 60's, whether you enjoyed 'Never Did No Wanderin' by The Folksmen or preferred 'Never Did No Wanderin' by The New Main Street Singers, folk music was the voice of a generation.  Which generation it was the voice of is still unclear.
   
    Irving Steinbloom was the driving force behind the genre's most shining moments, and, sadly, he, like those heady times, has passed.  Now, the talented performers who owe him so much have been asked to reunite for one final concert, in harmonious remembrance of the man and his mighty folk legacy.
   
    A Mighty Wind is, strangely enough, another goofy mockumentary from writer/director Christopher Guest and his stable of comedy greats.  As a fan of Guest's previous films, I was fairly certain that while the down-home songsters of A Mighty Wind were a pickin', I'd be a grinnin'.  And grin I did!  Unfortunately, actual laughter was more difficult to come by.  This is definitely a lesser offering from Guest & Company.  It lacks the charm of Waiting for Guffman and the scope of Best in Show.  As a result, more often than not, A Mighty Wind only manages to project the unsavory air of assembly-line sketch comedy.  Could it be that, Heaven forbid, the time of Guest's successful mockumentary formula has also passed?  Gosh, I hope not!
   
    The highlight of the film is Eugene Levy as Mitch Cohen, the more estranged half of Mitch & Mickey.  Levy is hilarious, as he portrays Mitch as folk's version of Brian Wilson.  Also turning in good performances were Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Guest himself as The Folksmen.  It's amazing to think that these same guys are Spinal Tap!
   
    So, for those who lived through the glory days of the 1960's, A Mighty Wind may rekindle fond melodic memories of that kinder, gentler decade.  Personally, I never really cared much for folk music...
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A.J.'s Rating: 2.5 Strummin' Stars
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May 21, 2003
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