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Waiting for Guffman

Waiting for Guffman

1996
Comedy
1h 24m
A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show.
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Waiting for Guffman

1996
Comedy
1h 24m
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Rated 13 Jul 2009
100
97th
Favorite of all time.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
60
46th
"Waiting For Guffman" is over just okay. It's mockumentary set up is at times engaging and other times off putting. The acting is mediocre especially actors who you know are funny like Eugene Levy. There are times when you laugh just because you feel like you are supposed to. It's deadpan humor does have its high points, the show they put on has some of the best laughs in the movie, and the ending is probably the best part once you get the joke.
Rated 21 Jun 2009
85
67th
Guest reserves more scorn for his "subjects" here than he does in his later films, and the result is both funnier and more uncomfortable.
Rated 20 May 2020
90
67th
This hits a little close to home.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
92
87th
Brilliant cast, fresh ideas.
Rated 01 Feb 2018
60
22nd
Eh, I laughed a few times.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
54th
If you liked Best in Show or A Mighty Wind, you'll like this less-known Christopher Guest Mockumentary. Not as good as Best in Show, but it comes in a close second.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
93
78th
I just love every Christopher Guest film ever, ever.
Rated 30 Apr 2012
10
97th
Just gorgeous. THIS is how you do "charming and off-beat". Fantastic characters, made to seem very realistic with Christopher Guest's signature style of half improvised dialogue and "mockumentary". Guest is one of the most underrated writer/directors ever. Hilarious and touching. Never sentimental.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
80
17th
Good, but probably the worst of this classic series of mockumentaries.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
97th
Every moment in this movie is comedic perfection. Not one second is wasted.
Rated 25 Jun 2008
100
93rd
Christopher Guest surrounded himself with some of the funniest talent around and together they all created a wonderful and heartbreakingly hilarious tale about big dreams in a small city. Special noting should go to Catherine O'Hara, who's best work has always been in Guest films, for her funny and scene-stealing performance.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
94
98th
My favorite Christopher Guest movie. I think it's hilarious from start to finish. They really nailed this one. The characters are so hopeful...which is so sad...yet so funny. I could watch this many times.

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