Waiting for Guffman

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Released 1997

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Director:
Christopher Guest
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Waiting for Guffman is a 1996 comedic mockumentary directed by Christopher Guest. Blaine, Missouri, may not be a major tourist destination, but to its residents, the tiny town has a rich history. With Blaine's 150th anniversary approaching, it is up to Corky St. Claire (Christopher Guest) to write and direct a stage play that will do the town justice. Since Corky hails from the New York theater scene, the locals put all their faith in his talents. Corky starts casting locals, including a Dairy Queen worker, Libby Mae Brown (Parker Posey), a bumbling dentist, Dr. Pearl (Eugene Levy), and a couple of over-eager amateur theater stars, Ron (Fred Willard) and Sheila (Catherine O'Hara). Undaunted by his ragtag group of performers, Corky creates a musical that celebrates everything about Blaine, including its role as "stool capital" and its reported UFO landings. Before opening night, Corky announces that an old theater friend from New York might just stop by to see the show. Fueled by the hope of heading to Broadway, the cast throw their hearts and souls into the performance, but their dreams just might be shattered.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A sly and gleeful comedy showcase that pokes clever fun at the American musical, amateur theatricals and anything else that's not nailed down.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie doesn't bludgeon us with gags. It proceeds with a certain comic relentlessness from setup to payoff, and its deliberation is part of the fun.

  • 50

    Variety

    The enterprise comes across like a bunch of talented friends making an elaborate home movie for their own amusement.

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    Comedy

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    Satire, Mockumentaries, Classics