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A Mighty Wind (2003 – PG-13)

March 5, 2009

Originally posted on October 15, 2003


A Mighty Wind is a “documentary” covering the benefit concert honoring the late Irving Steinbloom, who produced some of the folk era’s finest musical acts. The documentary aspect is kind of clever, but it falls short in implementation.

(EDIT from 2009: Wow, my opinion of this film has improved dramatically since then.)

Story = 14


Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest (all from Spinal Tap and numerous other classics), Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Don Lake, and Bob Balaban all have roles in this talented cast. You might not recognize all of these names, or any of them for that matter, but you would recognize their faces if you saw them. They have been in tons and tons of other movies and tv shows. Great cast.

Cast = 20


Let me preface this by stating that I hate folk music, however, by the end of the film, I was actually enjoying the cheesy songs being played. I enjoyed it so much, that I wouldn’t mind purchasing a copy of the soundtrack.

Soundtrack/Score = 20

Quote/Catch Phrase

Well, there is a guy played by Fred Willard, who was a former TV child star that had several catch phrases that are highly annoying. I was going to use one of those, but I can’t remember any of them, and they were highly annoying. So, there are catch phrases there, just not great ones.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 8


Man, when I saw trailers for this film I thought, that could be one of the greatest comedies of all time, or a total waste of time. Unfortunately, it landed more towards the latter rather than the former. The documentary style format had potential, but in the end, the script just lacked any truly great comedic moments. Harry Shearer did his best to pull some laughs, and Eugene Levy had his moments, but oi vey.

Rewatchability = 10
Total Score = 72

That score is about right. If you are a burned out hippy, you might enjoy this movie more.

(EDIT from 2009: This reviewer is a moron.  Oh, wait.  Well, anyway, this movie is awesome.  Also, I couldn’t find the trailer, so here is a delete scene.  I’m just miffed this song isn’t on the soundtrack.)

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