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This riotously deadpan mockumentary about aspiring community theater performers never stoops to ridicule oft-ridiculous characters. Read critic reviews

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When the town of Blaine, Mo., approaches its sesquicentennial, there's only one way to celebrate: with a musical revue called "Red, White and Blaine." Hoping the show will be his ticket back to Broadway, impresario Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest) rounds up a cast of enthusiastic but untalented locals (Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara) to perform his masterwork. But, when Corky reveals that theater agent Mort Guffman will attend the opening, things really kick into high gear.

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Christopher Guest
Corky St. Clair
Eugene Levy
Dr. Allan Pearl
Fred Willard
Ron Albertson
Catherine O'Hara
Sheila Albertson
Parker Posey
Libby Mae Brown
Lewis Arquette
Clifford Wooley
Matt Keeslar
Johnny Savage
Paul Dooley
UFO Abductee
Paul Benedict
Not Guffman (Mr. Roy Loomis)
Bob Balaban
Lloyd Miller
Larry Miller
Glenn Welsch, Mayor
Ginger Sledge
Associate Producer
Christopher Guest
Original Music
Michael McKean
Original Music
Harry Shearer
Original Music
Roberto Schaefer
Cinematographer
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
John Frick
Art Direction
Jennifer Patrick
Set Decoration
Julie Carnahan
Costume Designer
Catherine Conrad
Assistant Makeup Artist
Kelly Nelson
Hair Stylist
Kate Shorter
Makeup Artist
Helen Pollak
Unit Production Manager
Phil Hardage
Second Assistant Director
Liz Ryan
First Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Waiting for Guffman

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  • Nov 17, 2018
    Adopting the same mockumentary format that he helped popularize in the hilarious This Is Spinal Tap (but whose language is still a bit confusing), Guest creates another film that fans of deadpan humor will find extremely funny and also surprisingly touching in the end as well.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2013
    It's really hard avoiding comparisons between this film and Best in Show since it does feature the same cast (though Best in Show had a few additions), the same crew and the same comedic style. Personally, I found Best in Show to be absolutely fantastic, and I may have even underrated it here, and I'd say this was just a step below that. The formula is largely the same, the actors are pretty much given complete freedom to improvise and play around with their characters. I've always been a proponent of improvisation, in comedy movies, since, when done right and this cast always does it right, it can lead to some hilarious moments that really feel organic and natural as opposed to rigid and forced. For example, Horrible Bosses had some great improvisation and it also had that rigidness where you couldn't deviate from the script one bit and that ended up dragging it down, for me. This film, obviously, benefits from the improvisation as they lead to some really hilarious moments and interactions between the cast. And that's another thing...the cast, as always in these Christopher Guest films, are always tremendous and fully of incredibly talented people that make the most out of the opportunity given to them. Perhaps if I had a problem with the film is that the comedy isn't really as consistent as it was in Best in Show. That film was a-laugh-a-minute type. In this one, you'd have one really funny scene followed by some jokes that fall flat before becoming hilarious again. That was probably the film's biggest problem, since I can't really complain about much else when it comes to this film. Some of the comedy does fall flat, but, at least 75% of it works, especially David Cross' cameo was particularly hilarious. And this might even be the type of film that gets better with repeated viewings and I wouldn't rule that out at all.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2012
    Another brilliant Chris Guest et al collaboration. Anyone involved with community theatre knows these people - the ones who take themselves far too seriously with comic results.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2012
    Though it hasnt taken off in the main stream as much as other Christopher Guest movies, Waiting for Guffman is perhaps the greatest of them all. If you are, or were, a theater kid who has taken part in small time on-stage performances, you will find this movie even more delightful. Shot in classic mockumentary style, this movie provides all the hilarity Christopher Guest fans are used to.
    Jarryd R Super Reviewer

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