Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Critic Consensus: This riotously deadpan mockumentary about aspiring community theater performers never stoops to ridicule oft-ridiculous characters.
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as Corky St. Clair
as Sheila Albertson
as Libby Mae Brown
as Dr. Allan Pearl
as Lloyd Miller
as Ron Albertson
as Mayor Glenn Welsch
as UFO Expert
as Johnny Savage
as Gwen Fabin-Blunt, Councilwoman
as Steve Stark, Councilman
as Tucker Livingston, Councilman
as Phil Burgess, Blaine Historian
as Singing Auditioner
as Ping Pong Ball Juggler
as Raging Bull Auditioner
as UFO Abductee
as Mrs. Allan Pearl
as Red Savage
as Costume Designer
as Stage Manager
as Costume Dresser
as Not Guffman
as Reverend Cox
as Basketball Coach
as Adele Whitman
as Rita Savage
as Singing Woman
as Singing Woman
as UFO Witness
as UFO Witness
as Clifford Wooley
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Critic Reviews for Waiting for Guffman
This 1997 comedy may be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation.
The comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.
Where This Is Spinal Tap took rock music and the media as its focus - fat, juicy targets just asking to be lampooned - Guest's target here is small-town provincials.
A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses.
Audience Reviews for Waiting for Guffman
I just don't see it. Waiting for Guffman is considered by many to be the greatest mockumentary of all time, but I'll take a number of films (including Guest's own Spinal Tap) over this one any day. The characters, while charming, are largely disposable, and for me, it felt like the same joke templates were used over and over again -- although the Remains of the Day lunchbox in Corky St. Clair's memorabilia store was a pretty good gag.
For my money, the king of all mockumentaries. Guest is not only pitch perfect as the lovably daft Corky St. Claire, but as director he marvelously builds the mythology of Blaine, Missouri without being too over-the-top. And with a little help from his stable of choice actors, he creates one incredibly funny film. Their skit at this year's oscars made me miss this gang and it is always great to revisit them here in top form.
Christopher Guest's mockumentary about the putting on of a play in a small town doubles as a questioning of all those small town dreams of Hollywood. Entertaining.
Waiting for Guffman Quotes
|Allan Pearl:||Medicine Man not go near Dances With Stumpy.|
|UFO Expert:||It happened on a Sunday and, and every Sunday, about the time I was taken on board that ship, I find I have no feelings in my buttocks.|
|UFO Expert:||It happened on a Sunday and every Sunday, about the time I was taken on board that ship, I find I have no feelings in my buttocks.|
|Libby Mae Brown:||Corky has a vision!|
|Corky St. Claire:||Everybody dance|
|Corky St. Claire:||Everybody dance!|