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Air Guitar Nation (2006)

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85

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 10

It's up for debate how serious or ironic its subjects are, but Air Guitar Nation is nonetheless a funny and exciting documentary with a killer soundtrack.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 4

It's up for debate how serious or ironic its subjects are, but Air Guitar Nation is nonetheless a funny and exciting documentary with a killer soundtrack.

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In this documentary from filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz, the cameras roll to capture the fierce competitive spirit that defined the first annual U.S. Air Guitar Championship. Staged in Finland and featuring some of the fastest-fingered shredders on the planet, the U.S. Air Guitar Championship would bring a hobby once contained to the bedroom directly into the spotlight for all to enjoy. Featured jam sessions and interviews with both the performers and their "airhead" groupies offer a humorous look

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A nuts-and-bolts document of the annual Air Guitar World Championships which take place in the rural outpost of Oulu in Finland.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sure, there is an infectious goofiness in watching a grown man in a red robe and Hello Kitty breastplate rock out on an imaginary ax. But the gag is spread pretty thin.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The film's action footage -- lots of men and women thrashing around with a theoretical Fender in hand -- gets pretty tedious after a while. There is only so much self-inflicted embarrassment one can bear watching.

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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In this pitch-perfect documentary about the very real rise of air guitar competition in the United States, and two of its top performers, stony thoughts will arise as to whether one is suddenly trapped inside a satire that got wrapped in a reality.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a limited movie, from the musical palette the performers choose, to the number of players the movie spends time with.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The suggestion is that C-Diddy can be seen as a sort of ambassador for the 'make air, not war' sentiment. Why not? Even as real ambassadors go, we could do worse.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Put aside all of your preconceptions of air guitar as a hobby of shamelessly untalented wanna-be guitar players, and step into the world of competitive air guitar.

April 26, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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When a documentary is as entertaining as Air Guitar Nation, you have to ask if you really need it to have redeeming social value or to advance the art form in any way.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

This raucously entertaining documentary about one of the silliest competitions on the planet actually has a serious message about the power of "airness" to change the world. Well, maybe.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There must be better, more useful ways of amusing themselves but obviously none which would allow them to strut the stage to the plaudits of a baying crowd like latter-day rock stars.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Very funny.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Like most guitar solos, the film doesn't quite know when to quit.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Originality 0.9, Presentation 2.3 and Silliness 5.2.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Despite the film's admirable brevity it's still hard to maintain a wry ironic grin for a full 81 minutes.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

While quite possibly the stupidest thing you've ever seen in your life, this documentary exploring the world of air guitar enthusiasts is a riot from start to finish.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A gloriously insane journey into the weirder reaches of rock, Air Guitar Nation is a funny, funky and oddly moving burst of lively factual entertainment.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Shot in a raw, grungy style that lends the film a degree of authenticity, AGN is a riff-roaring experience that rarely hits a bum note.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com

you will be entertained even if, in rock'n' roll terms, it's less satanic metal than cutesy chart pop.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A delightfully surreal look at a bizarre performance art.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Hugely entertaining, frequently hilarious documentary with colourful, warm-hearted characters and an infectious energy that'll send you bouncing out of the cinema with a goofy grin on your face.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A genuinely funny and absorbing documentary.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

When a documentary compels you to care about something that you didn't think you had any interest in, well... that rocks!

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Air Guitar Nation is a very well-made film and it tells its story at a quick, even pace, but you really need to suspend your disbelief if you're going to allow this film to fully wrap you in its charms.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Somehow, after most of the other 2007 movies have faded from memory, I have a feeling that I will still remember the passion and commitment of the people I met in Air Guitar Nation.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

a fun enough goof to give it 90 minutes of your time as a feature film.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Air Guitar Nation

Air Guitar Nation is insanely entertaining. Honestly, I put this movie off for a long time thinking that there was no way I was going to be entertained or at all care about air guitar. But it's really easy to like and actually dare I say respect what they are doing. C-Diddy and Bjorn Turoque are really likable in their own weird way and that's what makes the movie as they are the prime focus of the documentary. Some of the things the players say and so just make you laugh and then you see they aren't laughing and you think, "Wait, Are they serious?" To some extent they are, but the good thing is they only do it to have fun and I have to say it's a lot of fun to watch them.
July 1, 2011
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This is a really fun movie to watch. It starts with a ridiculous premise, but eventually wins you over with its exhuberance and, I hate to say it, skill. Some of the guys who compete are really quite accomplished in thier strange field and are pretty impressive to watch. This movie is like watching multiple love letters to rock music, if not guitar aptitude. It's too bad that Dan Crane kind of comes off as a bit desperate and pathetic. He's not too bad, but his tenacity makes him kind of a tragic character.
August 30, 2008
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

On a scale between 4.0 and 6.0, I give it a 5.8! What an interesting film! This "mockumentary" film ranks up there with "Murderball" and "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters", really defining this genre of movies at the top of the ranks. This is top-notch entertainment, you can't script better characters. If you haven't seen "C-Diddy" perform, then you're just missing out.
June 1, 2009
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