An independent film begins to gather awards buzz, and the actors involved grow increasingly obsessed with the idea of winning an Oscar. An independent film called Home For Purim, a story about Jewish people in the South in the 1940s, goes into production, and we meet the cast. Marilyn Hack, a long-time character actress plays the matriarch of the family, and her husband is played by Victor Allen Miller, known across the country not for his extensive acting work on screen and stage, but for being the talking hot dog in a series of commercial for kosher hot dogs. Callie Webb, a young actress fairly new to the Hollywood game, plays their daughter, and her boyfriend Brian Chubb is cast as her brother, the family's son. We witness the film in production, and its clash of egos: the writers are ignored by the eccentric director, the producers know little about how to make a good movie, and the actors' agents are indifferent about their clients. However, when a small comment on the morning news becomes Oscar buzz for Marilyn, it begins changing how she behaves around others. It grows even more crazed when Victor too becomes a recipient of Oscar buzz; his agent begins paying more attention to him, and he longs to no longer be the hot dog mascot. Callie is eventually added to the sensation, and she breaks up with Brian, perhaps because he is resentful of his own lack of Oscar buzz. When the producers realize their film could be up for Oscars, they begin altering the film as well, demanding that Purim be changed to Thanksgiving to make the film less Jewish for the voters. When the Oscar nominations come out, however, Brian is the only nominee-- the rest of the cast are left stranded, leaving us to wonder what happens to them next in their careers.
Best part of story, including ending:
This is a wickedly funny parody of Hollywood, ruthless in its treatment of the egocentric talent responsible for the acclaimed movies we all love.
Best scene in story:
At the end, we see Marilyn has undergone incredible plastic surgery to try to remain young-looking, and she appears on television looking absolutely ghoulish. It is absolutely hilarious.
Opinion about the main character:
Marilyn isn't likable, but we sympathize with her urge for validation. Besides, it's a parody of actors' egos, so her being unlikable is kind of the point. O'Hara is amazing in the role.