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524 Ratings

Waiting for Guffman

Directed by Christopher Guest
United States, 1996


An aspiring director and the marginally-talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

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Waiting for Guffman Directed by Christopher Guest

Critics reviews

Despite the cult phenomenon of This Is Spinal Tap, one could argue that it was this Christopher Guest mockumentary . . . that really established the deadpan aesthetic and humanist ethos of this particular subgenre, which would go on to include such classics as A Mighty Wind and Best in Show.
January 18, 2019
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Guffman exists, even more than the others in a string of films that includes Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration, on the knife-edge of mean-spirited satire and affectionate tribute. As such it’s at times difficult to figure out who or what you’re supposed to be identifying with—are we looking at these people remotely, patronizing them from the audience, or performing along with them, desperate to entertain?
June 24, 2013
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