Waiting for Guffman
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Blaine, Missouri, may be small, but Corky St. Clair always dreams big. Determined to get back to the lights of Broadway, he’s created Red, White and Blaine, a musical celebration of the burg’s 150th anniversary. This Is Spinal Tap and Best in Show co-creator Christopher Guest plays Corky in this acclaimed comedy. Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Bob Balaban costar as stagestruck townfolk who pin their hopes of being discovered on Corky’s hilariously hapless theater production...and on reports that big-time talent scout Mort Guffman will be in the audience. “Waiting for Guffman does for regional theater what This is Spinal Tap did for rock ’n’ roll” (Jami Bernard, New York Daily News).
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Bear in mind at the beginning of the movie, during the auditions, there is a spate of F words. If you mute right after that rather milquetoast chap says he is going to do a scene from "Raging Bull," you'll skip the F words completely.
During the scene where the two couples are eating at a Chinese restaurant, there's a rather funny scene where Catherine O'Hara gets drunk and starts disclosing a rather personal surgery her husband had to have. You can mute or fast forward this and the movie will be PG. Neither scene will burn your ears off, but the movie is funny for any person over the age of 12 if you want to have it completely clean.
Do not miss this movie. We did some research and found that it took $4 million to make and only made $3 million. This is a horrible shame. It is in my top 10 movies ever.
"Waiting for Guffman" chronicles the joys and heartbreak of small town theater groups, and is spot-on in every way. The characters are hilarious, stereotypical perfection, their quirks naturally highlighted throughout for comic delight; the story is completely believable.
Watching Christopher Guest, as director Corky St. Claire, discuss the science of stage production and demonstrating with dance?
It never gets old.
While maybe not for everyone, "Waiting for Guffman" is a family favorite in my home.
This movie is one of the funniest movies I have ever had the pleasure of watching. If you have never done any theater before, you may not appreciate the idiocy of the play; nonetheless, the movie's humor does not revolve completely around the show. It is merely a short part of the entire movie. Most of the humor lies within the characters, their relationships, and their actions (many of which are ad-libbed).
I have not yet seen Best in Show, but I read an interview with Christopher Guest that said that a double-DVD set of Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman is coming out.
"Do you want me to strike it? I know all the theater terms..."
They all play such diverse and almost surrealistic characters that they make you wonder if they might be player a distant, distant relative.
Eugene Levy and Chistopher Guest wrote the screenplay concept and then with the talented cast the assembled, most of what you see is improvisational and spontaneous. You may think how do they do that? Well if you given your chatacter description with appropriate costume and character background, put on set with other chartaacters and told what the scene set-up is - you run with it. That's improve.
The DVD shows a few scene that were cut out but my favorite part is the commentary by Eugene and Chris. They are funny. Since Spinal Tap. This one is my favorite of his. From the auditions to the town 150th anniversay celebration. It cracked me up.