Air Guitar Nation (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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 at an unlikely competition driven by pure showmanship. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for some language and brief nudity)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Peter Cilella
as Clayton Sweeney
Dan Crane
as Bjorn Turoque
Adam Crystal
as New York Judge
Gordon Hintz
as Krye Tuff
David S. Jung
as C-Diddy
Gavin McInnes
as New York Judge
Zac Munro
as Zac The Magnet Munro
Angela Shelton
as Cherry Vanilla
Mark Teich
as Terry Van Exell
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Critic Reviews for Air Guitar Nation

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (19)

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Melvin White
Melvin White

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.

Richard Franzen
Richard Franzen

Super Reviewer

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.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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