Waiting for Guffman
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Waiting for Guffman
The city of Blaine, Missouri is celebrating its sesquicentennial, and what better reason could there be to put on a show? Corky St. Claire (Christopher Guest), current leader of Blaine's community theater group and creator of a stage musical version of Backdraft that led to the unfortunate destruction of the theater, has been commissioned to put together a musical about the city's noble history, "Red, White and Blaine," which stars a variety of the town's theatrical talent. Corky's cast includes Ron and Sheila Albertson (Fred Willard and Catherine O'Hara), a pair… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 1997 comedy may be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Where This Is Spinal Tap took rock music and the media as its focus - fat, juicy targets just asking to be lampooned - Guest's target here is small-town provincials."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Variety
"Fab small-town spoof; subtle humor may bore kids."
‑ Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media
"Raucous, outrageously funny, and filled with many zany scenes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A sly, gleeful and subtle comedy that pokes fun at American musicals, amateur theatricals, and the culture of celebrity-the universal wish to be famous--set in the small, provincial town of Blaine about to celebrate its 150th anniversary."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
"A madcap gem."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The songs (co-written by Guest and Tapster Harry Shearer) are suitably ridiculous and the deadpan gags come thick, fast and too numerous to mention, all delivered with knuckle-gnawing subtlety by the C-list cast with A-list style."
‑ Neil Jeffries, Empire Magazine
"One of the funniest movies ever made, 'Waiting for Guffman' spoofs everything from documentaries and talent shows to local politics and alien abductions."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's Corky's movie."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study."
‑ , Time Out
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Frequently funny -- sometimes very funny indeed."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Trabalhando em um subgênero que praticamente ajudou a crier (o do pseudocumentário), Guest cria mais um filme que diverte por compreender tão bem seu tema e seus personagens."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Guest's satire of small-town America and amateur actors has a sly edge, it's not mean, and Guest never strips his characters of their dignity."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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