Funny films: Waiting for Guffman
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Waiting for Guffman


Time Out says

First in a trio of fond satires on small-time strivers (Best in Show and A Mighty Wind being the others), Guest's spoof documentary tracks the earnest enthusiasm and goofy dedication of a ragtag troupe of amateur thesps putting on a musical - 'Red, White and Blaine' - in celebration of the anniversary of their hick town in Minnesota. Guest's effete Corky St Clair is the prissy master of ceremonies - a resident genius, if you believe his collaborators, who include Levy's vaudevillian dentist, Posey's toothy ex-Dairy Queen waitress, and another superlative turn from Willard and O'Hara as a Mr and Mrs team of travel agents. There are some raucous moments (Corky's hip-swivelling domestic dance moves are a sight to behold), but more often the comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.

Release Details

  • Duration:84 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Christopher Guest
  • Screenwriter:Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
  • Cast:
    • Deborah Theaker
    • Michael Hitchcock
    • Scott Williamson
    • Larry Miller
    • Don Lake
    • Christopher Guest
    • Fred Willard
    • Catherine O'Hara
    • Parker Posey
    • David Cross
    • Eugene Levy
    • James McQueen
    • Turk Pipin
    • Jerry Turman
    • Bob Balaban
    • Paul Dooley
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