Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Waiting for Guffman is a Christopher Guest mockumentary about community theater. The movie takes place in the small town of Blaine, Missouri and centers around Corky St. Clair who didn't make it in New York, moved to Blaine and was put in charge of the local community players. The actors are enacting the history of Blaine for the town's 150th anniversary but they soon find out that a famous critic from New York was coming to see the play. Because of this, everyone thinks they are automatically headed to Broadway to become famous actors and hilarity ensues.

I have to say I related to this movie because I have two little sisters that have been involved in community theater since a young age. I've seen some really bad community plays and some really good ones and I know how much work goes into putting on one of these shows (and how ridiculous the drama behind the scenes can get).

Most of the jokes were spot-on and there were some pretty hilarious parts in this movie. If you like satire of small town life or if you've ever been involved in community theater you should definitely check out this movie.  Even if those things are foreign to you this is still a pretty funny comedy you may want to check out anyway.

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Movie available for streaming until 1/31/11

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? TB from Year 31 recommended it to me.

Is it artsy? I wouldn't call it artsy but it is a satire of a form of artistic expression.

Best thing about the movie? The scene in the Chinese restaurant.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking for something light that will make you laugh.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 Stars.


  1. I like this movie so much because I could relate to the characters, sadly. I grew up in a small town VERY much like Blaine, and also in Missouri. The characters were spot-on imitations of people who still exist in my hometown.

    Also, I really love improv, and nobody does it better than Christopher Guest and his pals.

  2. Oops...I meant I CAN relate, not I COULD relate. Darn grammar!

  3. See having grown up in Chicago I really didn't relate that much to the characters. They seemed too much like caricatures to me because I haven't had much experience with small towns so I couldn't connect on that level. I probably would have given it 4 stars if I had and I almost did. But I'm kind of stingy with them. I'm glad you recommended it though I did really enjoy it!


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