Now in stores: A Mighty Wind and Daddy Day Care.
A Mighty Wind
How does Eugene Levy maintain the funniest eyebrows in show business? Could he be helping Mother Nature? Certainly, it worked for Groucho Marx. But do we need to know an extremely hairy man's beauty secrets?
Groucho achieved his legendary brows with dollops of greasepaint. Now, Levy admits he enhances his bushy brows — only with a magic marker.
At least that's what Levy claims as he and Christopher Guest laugh their way through their commentary of A Mighty Wind. Guest adds that Levy actually needs two puppet masters to draw facial expressions from those unruly shrubs on his forehead.
Guest hilariously lampooned obsessive pet owners in Best in Show and wannabe stars of community theater in Waiting for Guffman. Now, he's recast the same comics as aging folk singers who get together for one last big show.
All three mockumentaries were largely improvised, allowing the likes of Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Catherine O'Hara to crack their own jokes. Only this is no beauty contest for doggies. This time, they have to sing.
And they do — even Levy and O'Hara harmonize, as he strums guitar and accompanies on autoharp. They actually come across as real-life folk-era lovebirds.
If you loved McKean, Shearer and Guest as heavy metal dinosaurs in This Is Spinal Tap, you'll need to see them in matching turtlenecks as the Folksmen, bickering over their legacy.
Just think, 20 years ago, as Spinal Tap, these guys were debating the proper-sized produce to slip down their pants to suitably impress their female fans.
Now, they're worried how they'll be remembered, while occasionally spicing up their shows with a folk-ified version of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up."
The DVD's bonus material even includes live performances and alternate versions of the movie's soundtrack, including an extended version of O'Hara's "Ode to the Catheter."
Daddy Day Care
As an out-of-work advertising executive trying to start a day-care center, Eddie Murphy chases after bratty kids, dresses up as a stalk of broccoli and takes several swift kicks to the crotch.
The viewer must wonder, would Murphy even be in this film if his last few movies for grown-ups hadn't taken so many kicks to the crotch at the box office?
Showtime and I Spy were bad and The Adventures of Pluto Nash was Gigli bad, grossing less than $5 million.
But Murphy has found a niche in family films, both as a talking donkey in Shrek and talking to donkeys in Dr. Dolittle.
Daddy Day Care did reasonably well in theaters, and it scores with kids, but for adults it just seems like 48 hours — and not like the 48 Hours in which Murphy was considered the second coming of Richard Pryor.
Now, he's more like the next Don Knotts, which is hardly an insult in many circles.
Extras on the DVD include four featurettes and several kid games, such as "Name the Noise Maker" and "Odd One Out," confirming that Daddy Day Care is a pretty good babysitter.