Waiting for Guffman
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Waiting for Guffman
Set in fictional Blaine, Missouri, this "mockumentary" from the makers of This Is Spinal Tap, pokes fun of small towns as it chronicles the burg's preparations and execution of its sesquicentennial anniversary, a celebration that is to be capped off by a fabulous amateur show helmed by former New Yorker Corky St. Clair. Corky has high hopes for his "Red, White and Blaine" extravaganza -- starring Ron and Sheila Albertson, the town's two travel agents who are billed as the "Lunts of Blaine" -- and so sends for Guffman, a Broadway producer. Corky is… 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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