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Waiting for Guffman
Waiting for Guffman
Actors: Lewis Arquette, Bob Balaban, David Cross (II), Paul Dooley, Brian Doyle-Murray
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
R     2001     1hr 24min

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Actors: Lewis Arquette, Bob Balaban, David Cross (II), Paul Dooley, Brian Doyle-Murray
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/21/2001
Original Release Date: 01/31/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 01/31/1997
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 24min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Meghan M. (megmurphy19) from OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Reviewed on 12/25/2009...
If you're a fan of Best in Show and Mighty Wind, this is a must-have for your collection!!! Hilarious!!!
Mindy H. from GREENSBURG, IN
Reviewed on 9/11/2009...
I have enjoy this ensemble of character actor as they pulled off another unique film. I love the querky feel to this film, the ketchiness of the small town theather groups. The story line works so well with the local small town feel--I've been in a community theather troupe and can see how a minor suggestion can make a slight breeze into a rip roarin' tornado! This film has such an authenic feel of a small town innocence. All the actors did a truely believible job in their parts. Christopher Guest has done it again!
Suzanne B.
Reviewed on 5/31/2009...
Very funny mockumentary about a small town celebrating its 150th birthday with a musical look back at its history. Similar feeling to the film "Best in Show," with most of the same cast. Christopher Guest is hilarious as a closeted drama queen.

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"Is it karma? - Maybe."
Amanda HALE | 07/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is what director 'Corky St Claire' has the NERVE to say, congratulating himself on the progress of his self-penned show, 'Red, White and Blaine'. This 'mockumentary' is THE FUNNIEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN! It has it's own 'groove', and once you get onto the Guffman wave-length, you soon become an addict! Christopher Guest delivers his finest performance ever as small town Blaine's resident 'creative type', a tubby, autocratic drama teacher with 'off-off Broadway' experience. The fictional town of Blaine is so 'small town' that the fact that Corky is obviously gay never enters their thoughts; he's 'creative' (and 'from New York'!) The supporting cast, however, are in danger of stealing the movie from under his feet! Parker Posey is pathetically delightful as 'Libby Mae', a Dairy Queen employee who dreams of hitting Broadway so she can "meet Italian guys". Also praisworthy are the characters of "Ron" and "Sheila", a married couple of zero-talents who "Corky" dubbs 'The Lunts of Blaine'. Yet the real prize has to go to Eugene Levy as "Dr Pearl", the local dentist who lands a starring role in 'Red, White and Blaine'. "Dr Pearl" fancies himself as a comedian ("At family functions, I love breaking people up.") and Levy SOMEHOW manages to be hilariously funny playing a character who TRIES to be funny - and ISN'T! Anyone who has ever been involved with local theatre on any level whatsoever will ADORE this movie! Not only does it take a playful stab at Middle America, it ALSO pokes fun at the documentary genre itself (those tense close-ups, those hand-held cameras!) The cleverest, most intelligent comedy in years - 'Waiting for Guffman' has become a cult movie, and quite rightly!"
Waiting, but not in vain (or is it "Blaine"?)
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 03/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Waiting for Guffman" is generally considered the follow-up to the now-legendary rockumentary "This is Spinal Tap." Despite having a different director (this gem is directed by its star, Christopher Guest), iut has the same brand of straight-faced hilarity from one hysterical moment to the next. It's one of the funniest and most underrated films of the 1990s.The dinky but proud town of Blaine Missouri (the "footstool capitol" of the world) is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a (for them) major celebration of civic pride. Self-exiled theatrical producer Corky St. Claire (Guest) happens to be living in this town, after the failure of his last New York show (he almost burned it down). Corky sees this as an opportunity to get back to Broadway, by creating the historical musical "Red, White and Blaine." In theory, the musical will outline the town's history (complete with a visit by President McKinley and UFOs... on different occasions, of course). Corky is even more elated when a Broadway scout, Mr. Guffman, is supposed to arrive to gauge "Red White and Blaine's" Broadway potential. This is his ticket out of there... and ditto for the slightly odd citizens who are cast in the play: a deadpan Dairy Queen clerk (Parker Posey), a pair of bickering travel agents (Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard), and a dentist with a lazy eye (the incomparable Eugene Levy). Despite a round of problems, cast losses, and the temporary loss of an irate Corky, the show must go on. But will Mr. Guffman arrive in time to see it?In small relatively unknown towns, the people often dream of big things. Quite a few of them also have intense civic pride over stuff that nobody else could care less about (crop circles?). The heart of "Waiting For Guffman" is poking fun at the absurdities of middle America, but not a cruel way. You laugh with the "ship of fools," not at them.Every scene in this movie brims with deadpan hilarity -- all the more striking because of all the ad-libbing that went on. The humor is not the fart-joke variety; it includes everything from Ron's... well, reduction surgery to "We consider ourselves bi-coastal if you consider the Mississippi River one of the coasts." It's pure brilliance from beginning to end -- especially the end, when we get to see the "Red White and Blaine" musical. Guest's comic talent is in full bloom there. Guest is the soul of this film -- his flamboyant, arty theatrical producer is a big fish trying to get out the tiny pond. Fred Willard (in his usual grinning obnoxious dolt role) and Catherine O'Hara are hysterical as a not-so-happily married couple. And Eugene Levy -- always a treat -- is subtlely funny every time he makes his eye wander.Underrated and brimming over with kindly satire, "Waiting for Guffman" is rivalled only by "Spinal Tap." A comedy treasure."
Best In Show Plus Rocky Horror Equals Guffman
Virginia Lore | Seattle, WA United States | 08/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Waiting for Guffman is another wonderful mockumentary from actor/director Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best in Show) and cowriter/partner in crime Eugene Levy. The film highlights the big dreams and raw (very raw) talent of the five stars of ?Red, White and Blaine,? the celebratory musical commemorating Blaine, Missouri?s 150th anniversary. The humor in Guffman is of the cut-above variety, founded on relationships and underlined by the characters? hopes. Guest plays Corky St. Clair, a refugee from Broadway who has found a niche for his special abilities as the de facto King of Theater in Blaine. Levy plays the town dentist who is auditioning for the very first time. Parker Posey is the perky, poignant and perhaps pathetic ingenue who works at the Dairy Queen. Catherine O?Hara and Fred Willard prove the maxim that matching sweatsuits betray an unhappy marriage. Bob Balaban plays Lloyd Miller the music director who is grounded in reality, although his suggestion that the cast might spend some of the rehearsal time actually practicing the songs and dances is met with hostility. As an ex-theater major from Hays, Kansas I found the characters 100% real even while laughing at the absurdity of their belief in the possibility that they might take their show to Broadway. The musical itself would make a great cult movie in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The events commemorated include the settling of Blaine (in which a wagon train leader manages to convince an entire group of people that they?ve already reached California), the famous UFO sighting and alien encounter, and the founding of the stool-making business which drove Blaine?s economy for generations.The DVD is worth seeing just for the extra features. The commentary by Guest and Levy is more informative than funny. I got the impression that they were distracted from the commentary by the brilliance of certain scenes in the movie. The extra scenes, however, were hilarious. Waiting for Guffman was shot from a bare-bones script and the actors were encouraged to improvise most of the dialogue. From over 60 hours of footage the best scenes were selected: three of the original scenes that didn?t get into the musical, an alternate ending for O?Hara and Willard, scenes with characters that never made it into the movie, and an explanation for why the dentist?s wife has a Wisconsin accent."