Waiting for Guffman Movie Review Summary

Actors: Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Paul Benedict, Matt Keeslar, Larry Miller, Scott Williamson, Michael Hit

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The little town of Blaine, Missouri, whose primary claim to fame is that it manufactures stools, is about to celebrate its 150th birthday. (Way-)Off-Broadway director Corky St. Clair proposes to put together a show -- a historical pageant -- to recreate Blaine's illustrious story and virtues, and goes about putting together the so-called "talent" for the event. His eventual stars, all terrible actors who don't know it, include a dentist, a couple of travel agents, a DQ waitress, and a car mechanic. Broadway theater critic Mort Guffman is invited to see the opening night, and the possibility that he might actually come lingers in the air. This 1996 mockumentary written, directed, and performed by much the same team that did "This is Spinal Tap" earlier, and later "Best in Show," is sweetly hilarious with much the same spirit as those other delightful movies.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

On the sesquicentenial of the stool capital of the world, (Blaine, Missouri) the local theater director (an eccentric out-of-towner who never made the big time in New York but came to town a few years ago and started directing his unique versions of plays), is brought in to direct a play about the history of this relatively insignificant town. The title refers to an important person from New York who has promised to come see the show. Done in documentary style and created by much of the same team that did "This is Spinal Tap," this has a very similar feel. Much of the humor hits home for anyone who has done regional theater. A lot of the movie is about how peoples dreams are awakened and whether or not they are fulfilled.
The review of this Movie prepared by Zorikh Lequidre

Script Analysis of Waiting for Guffman

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   small city folk Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American suburban    -   American Midwest

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   producer/director    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   school    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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