American comedy from 1996.
Starring: Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara
Director: Christopher Guest
Writers: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Bechdel test: Pass
Corky is the director of Blaine’s amateur theater celebration of the small town’s 150th anniversary. The director and cast gets excited when a Broadway critic agrees to come and see the premiere.
“Waiting for Guffman” is another mockumentary from Christopher Guest. I have long loved his “This is Spinal Tap”. (Here is a link to “This is Spinal Tap” on Amazon and on Wikipedia.) And still I had not even heard of “Waiting for Guffman”. Maybe I should pay a little more attention to the filmmakers behind movies I love.
In “Waiting for Guffman” we mostly meet the cast and the director of the celebratory play. We see the auditions, the rehearsals and finally the premiere. Throughout we get small interview comments from the characters. The characters are a big part of what makes this story funny. There is the experienced amateur theater couple, the young woman from the Dairy Queen, the handsome mechanic, the dentist, the actually talented conductor and their the off-off-off Broadway director.
The audio and visuals are a good fit for the mockumentary genre, and makes the movie look like a documentary.
The story is quite simple; rehearse the play and plot twist – a Broadway critic will come and watch the premiere. The acting and the brilliant characters makes the story a little more than that. All the characters are flawed and most of them are slightly delusional, which makes the movie very funny. However, the humor doesn’t strike me as much as in “This is Spinal Tap”. The characters were quite over the top in both movies, but their conflicts weren’t very strong in “Waiting for Guffman”, so less opportunities to set up the crazy people against one another.
The movie was funny and I enjoyed watching it, but I much preferred “This is Spinal Tap”.
I wouldn’t recommend “Waiting for Guffman” to a friend, I would rather recommend “This is Spinal Tap”.
Over to you
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If you want to get “Waiting for Guffman” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?
Tomorrow’s movie is “Nine lives” (“Ni liv”). Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.
Until next time; live long and prosper.