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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 07 May 2015
100
98th
It's a Zen thing, like how many babies fit in the tire.
Rated 23 Sep 2016
71
24th
Not bad, but Guest's whole "hahahhaa camp lispy like he's gay! LOL" character really brought it down. Also I saw it less than a week ago and remember almost nothing about it.
Rated 14 Mar 2008
88
87th
Still Christopher Guest's funniest movie. The characters feel so real and true to life (I'm from Missouri, which might help me relate to them a little). And it's this reality that makes the movie so damn funny. The ineptitude and sincerity with which these goofy people produce the play is just so satisfying to watch, and the final product is a sight to behold. Hilarious.
Rated 13 Jul 2009
100
97th
Favorite of all time.
Rated 01 Jun 2021
86
77th
A charmingly droll, low-key delight which finds Guest (and Levy) walking the tightrope between acrid satire and compassion for their cast of self-obsessed eccentrics – cast to utter perfection, even down to the nominal co-stars; Doyle-Murray manages to steal a scene using pretty much utter silence! Its very small scale and limited focus means that it strains a little at times to justify feature length, but its such a sweet natured effort at heart that it proves difficult to resist.
Rated 28 Dec 2020
80
75th
The worse version of this film would be mean-spirited. It is a parody, but it still feels sensitive to its characters. Fred Willard doing his impressions wins the "funniest moment in this film" award. There were a lot of contenders.
Rated 30 Jan 2007
80
74th
Funny, fairly memorable, pretty much exactly what you would expect from a Levy and Guest film.
Rated 27 Apr 2021
76
68th
Takes on the monumental challenge of trying to make community theater seem interesting
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
99th
The best of All The christopher guest movies I've seen.
Rated 15 Mar 2011
80
81st
The first half got the most laughs out of me, the second half isn't as hilarious but still really cute and charming. The entire film just has a sense of fun to it that really cheered up my evening. Wonderful cast and some amusing cameos to boot.
Rated 07 Feb 2010
93
97th
Haha this movie was so funny. I laughed so many times. The music is so cheesy and the show is hilarious. So friggin awesome. A movie I will definitely watch again and again and again
Rated 03 Feb 2010
9
93rd
Really funny. I love the attention to detail and I love this group of actors and all the pathetic characters they played. This is probably my favorite Guest mockumentary, it was just so great. Parker Posey is great again and I really liked Eugene Levy's part in the film.
Rated 02 Jan 2008
80
61st
The charming thing about this movie is that the show they ended up putting on really wasn't that bad. Hell, some of the parts were genuinely good. The film doesn't offer many surprises, and I saw the end coming from a mile away, but that's okay. The humor here comes from the characters, and the plot is secondary. Highly enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
4th
Unfunny and tedious.
Rated 18 Oct 2010
81
73rd
My least favorite of Guest's mockumentaries. Nothing too engaging here for me but still better than most things labeled "Comedy" today.
Rated 17 Feb 2013
76
69th
Out of all the mockumentaries I've seen I believe I like this one the least. That's not to say I didn't like it, but it felt less real than others.
Rated 08 Nov 2012
65
54th
This is a pretty fun little mockumentary. It has several awesome character actors whom I like a lot. I can't say I actually laughed out loud much, but it was quietly amusing. It has a great bunch of characters, all distinct and funny in their own right. Despite the musical the characters put on being purposely lame and silly, I still found it quite entertaining. The ending is brilliant too.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
81
57th
Guest steals the show.
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 14 Aug 2007
95
89th
I often debate which is better, this, or Best in Show. Then I come to the conclusion....IT'S SPINAL TAP. This movie rules.
Rated 30 Mar 2019
50
45th
Pretty funny mockumentary with a solid cast and characters. I never laughed out loud but I don't think I'm supposed to. Feels like Parks and Recreation. Will rewatch to catch all the missed quirks. Fav scene: Libby's audition
Rated 11 Nov 2007
90
81st
Amazing. Funny. I laughed until I cried.
Rated 22 Mar 2010
75
74th
Enjoyable stuff.
Rated 31 May 2007
98
99th
possibly one of the best movies ever
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 24 May 2018
80
37th
Viewed May 23, 2018.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
71
84th
My favorite Guest film, some memorable characters and the songs are my favorite from his films as well.
Rated 03 Feb 2013
85
73rd
This movie is pretty darn funny. Since I am an actor it is even funnier to me. I've been in some community shows and have seen some community theatre that is almost exactly like what this mockumentary portrays. I thought all the characters were really funny in their own way. The Dentist with illusions of grandeur, the power acting couple who get roles in everything and the list goes on and on. Guest did a fantastic job as the director. Some of the songs were actually catchy. I'm still humming.
Rated 11 Oct 2010
60
20th
Disappointing. The characters are poorly developed, if at all, the plot is lame and obvious, the musical numbers take up half the damn movie, and really aren't very good anyway, especially with the god-awful MIDI-generated music accompanying them. Guest relies on a lazy gay stereotype for his character, but the rest of the actors do a brilliant job, so there's that at least. It's also funny, for the most part.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
68
16th
Not the greatest in the Christopher Guest series of mockumentaries, but it did start the modern chain of them and delivers plenty of laughs.
Rated 03 Apr 2014
45
57th
A mildly amusing mockumentary with most of its strength from some well done bad performances. *Preview*: #14#, story, ratings, cast.
Rated 01 Mar 2014
76
28th
I love and hate this type of movie. I loved the whole production of it but it makes me feel claustrophobic somehow. I don't want to watch it because I know that none of what is said is going to really blow my mind or make me laugh hysterically, I mostly watch it to see how absurd it gets and sometimes it makes me feel anxious for the characters as though I'm feeling their shame. So its like mental claustrophobia. Thats how I feel about Christopher Guest movies.
Rated 10 Oct 2011
80
68th
Since this is Christopher Guest's first ensemble film I just assumed that it would be pretty shaky. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's as strong as Best in Show. I was laughing throughout, although I should say that the actual performance at the end was easily the worst part of the movie. Other than that, great.
Rated 20 May 2020
90
67th
This hits a little close to home.
Rated 10 Feb 2021
2
39th
Several scenes feel like a set up without a punchline. The actual play, which takes up a large amount of the modest screen time, is bad, but not so bad it's funny (more like so bad it's boring).
Rated 17 Oct 2007
92
87th
Brilliant cast, fresh ideas.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
99th
The big time dreams of a small community is just ripe for parody. Christopher Guest and his cast are precise in their display of what it is like when people have the ego, but not the talent to back it up.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
0
8th
I am the only person on Earth who thinks Christopher Guest movies are not funny
Rated 03 Dec 2006
50
44th
The very definition of an average movie, despite the presence of Parker Posey.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
90th
Incredibly funny. If you focus on just one performer, each separate viewing, you'll find something new to laugh at. Genius.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
84
79th
83.500
Rated 29 Jul 2008
61
96th
My favorite straight-up comedy of all time.
Rated 22 Jun 2012
74
67th
It's pretty hugely similar to Best in Show. Same style of humor, where it's kind of funny throughout, but very rarely laugh-out-loud funny.
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 17 Apr 2017
90
85th
great christopher guest mockumentary
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
84th
It's hard to explain why, but despite these films having a lot of the same cast and a largely improvised script they still work on so many levels, check 'em out for your self
Rated 05 Feb 2014
6
45th
I didn't think it was particularly funny and I didn't enjoy seeing the play at the end, and felt that it was dragged out way too long. The nuances to each actor's performance is incredible, though. I prefer Best in Show.
Rated 29 May 2020
70
65th
This doesn't reach the heights that 'Best in Show' went on to reach, but it's pretty funny.
Rated 04 May 2009
4
71st
"Watch 80 "sardonically irreverent" minutes zip by. Then stop, rewind and repeat. Ad absurdum."
Rated 21 Aug 2021
80
64th
Esperando o Sr Guffman estreava há 25 anos no Festival de Boston. O tanto que eu ri dos action figures de My Dinner with Andre e a lancheira de Vestígios do Dia! Rá! AMO o Christopher Guest. Acho que o único casal hollywoodiano que ficaria triste de ver separado além da Kyra e do Bacon, são o Guest e a Jamie Lee. BlurayRip SINNERS.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
50
15th
The big problem with this movie is the character of Corky. Just not funny in the least and over played by Guest. alas, the film hinges on him so it doesn't really work. What does work is the performances by Eugene Levy, Parker Posy and Lewis Arquette. they're all great. Bob Balaban was good too. And including the show in the film was great. But this isn't one to hunt out. And the central premis of a guy from broadway coming to some little Missouri town to see a play by the local am dram soci
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
94th
Hilarious. Even more hilarious if you live in a small town. Even more hilarious still if you like laughing at awkward people. If you don't think it is hilarious, I hate you, and your ASS FACE!
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 15 Dec 2011
100
99th
This is an outstanding comedy with numerous hilarious performances! There are so many quirky and funny characters and so many funny scenes.
Rated 16 Jan 2012
84
88th
A character-driven comedy/mockumentary that works because it spoon-feeds us the quirky stereotypes rather than shoving them down our throats. Yes, everyone watching the movie knows that Corky St. Clair is gay, Catherine O'Hara is obnoxious, and Parker Posey can't dance, but no one in Blaine seems to notice, making the whole experience that much more awkward...and I mean awkward in a good way.
Rated 08 Jan 2011
84
77th
84.250
Rated 15 Feb 2008
5
96th
This is probably the best of Christopher Guest's "mockumentaries." Small bits of well-crafted dialog impeccably delivered by some great comedic minds inspire some really powerful laughter, and Eugene Levy is fantastic.
Rated 07 Mar 2011
70
76th
Good Movie
Rated 21 Jul 2007
83
84th
One of my favorite Christopher Guest films. I just like this premise a lot, and find the characters to be so earnest and pathetic in a way that really makes me want to cry forever... but then I laugh because I remember that the movie's supposed to be funny. And it is. It is very funny.
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 24 May 2007
76
88th
You're just bastard people
Rated 30 May 2016
50
24th
There's a warm, folksy tone present throughout the film, but it suffers from too much focus resting on Guest's protagonist, who's not much more than a one-note homosexual stereotype. Too little screen time is afforded to the endearing but underdeveloped townsfolk, none of whom are substantially idiosyncratic for this kind of comedy to really lift off. As a result, this mockumentary struggles to generate many laughs.
Rated 23 Jan 2011
94
68th
I work in theatre. This instilled in me a kind of existential horror. I found myself questioning art in a way I've not done since Exit through the Gift Shop. As far as the comedy goes, though, I've seen Christopher Guest do better. That said, the characters are better developed here than in later films.
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 18 Nov 2011
60
39th
Not nearly Guest's best, and in fact doesn't do anything that Slings And Arrows did better, but enjoyable enough.
Rated 24 Dec 2006
95
94th
funny. really. Especially the deleted scenes, check um out. I love Parker Posey, she's hot.
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.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
75
79th
Funny, but not always in a laugh out loud way.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
100
92nd
By far my all time favorite comedy about everyday people

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