Perhaps the gold standard for the mockumentary, so smart in how it manages to convey the appeal of folk music while also satirizing the way the genre seems to enshrine a moment in our culture that, even by the late Sixties, must have seemed horribly antiquated ("There’s chicken on the table/But you got to say grace"). Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara provide a sweetness here I find genuinely touching.
How much does one scene mean to a movie? Can it make or break it? Most of this film is warm-hearted, capturing the appeal of folk music while gently poking fun at familiar tropes. Even more than Spinal Tap, I feel like the songs stand as nuanced homages to various genres. Love Levy and O'Hara's story. However, one bit of stupid, stupid transphobia is like a poke in the eye. So, can't recommend without that caveat.
Revisiting Guest's mockumentary makes me love him even more. There's the usual magic that comes with the enormous work with his actors, but in this particular film a heartfelt approach to the characters and their music can be perceived. A little gem.
Essentially Spinal Tap 2.0 but with older folk and older music. Definitely appeals to a certain crowd, you gotta hand it to Christopher guest for simply putting together a unique style that is all his own. Worth the watch for those interested.