Waiting for Guffman

1996

Waiting for Guffman

Critics Consensus

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

91%

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91%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 41,556
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In Blaine, Missouri, a veteran of dubious off-off-Broadway productions casts a dentist, a pair of travel agents, a Dairy Queen worker, and an auto mechanic in his stage musical tracing the town's 150-year history. And what a show they put on in this delightful, funny, satisfying comedy!

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Cast

Christopher Guest
as Corky St. Clair
Catherine O'Hara
as Sheila Albertson
Parker Posey
as Libby Mae Brown
Eugene Levy
as Dr. Allan Pearl
Bob Balaban
as Lloyd Miller
Fred Willard
as Ron Albertson
Larry Miller
as Mayor Glenn Welsch
David Cross
as UFO Expert
Matt Keeslar
as Johnny Savage
Deborah Theaker
as Gwen Fabin-Blunt, Councilwoman
Michael Hitchcock
as Steve Stark, Councilman
Scott Williamson
as Tucker Livingston, Councilman
Don Lake
as Phil Burgess, Blaine Historian
Jim McQueen
as Singing Auditioner
Turk Pipkin
as Ping Pong Ball Juggler
Jerry Turman
as Raging Bull Auditioner
Paul Dooley
as UFO Abductee
Linda Kash
as Mrs. Allan Pearl
Miriam Flynn
as Costume Designer
Jill Parker-Jones
as Stage Manager
Margaret Bowman
as Costume Dresser
Paul Benedict
as Not Guffman
Bob Odenkirk
as Reverend Cox
Sean Masterson
as Basketball Coach
Morwenna Banks
as Adele Whitman
Frances Fisher
as Rita Savage
Mary Jane Prail
as Singing Woman
Kathy Lamkin
as Singing Woman
Larry Hovis
as UFO Witness
June Weber
as UFO Witness
Lewis Arquette
as Clifford Wooley
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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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