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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 54. Waiting for Guffman (1996)

August 21, 2011

54. Waiting For Guffman [DVD] (1996)

Plot: The residents of Blaine, Missouri – the stool capital of the world – are excited about the town’s upcoming 150th anniversary, which will feature the original musical production, “Red, White and Blaine”.

Director Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest), former off-off-off-off Broadway actor assembles the best talent Blaine has to offer; a dentist (Eugene Levy), two travel agents (Fred WillardCatherine O’Hara), a waitress (Parker Posey), and a car repairman (Matt Keeslar).

When Mort Guffman, a representative of the prestigious New York based Oppenheimer Organization is rumored to attend the premier, Corky St. Clair start dreaming of taking the show all the way to Broadway.

Genre: Comedy
Also Starring: 
Michael HitchcockLarry MillerDavid CrossBob Balaban
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Written by: Christopher GuestEugene Levy
Length: 84 min
Budget: $4,000,000
Gross Revenue: $2,892,582 (USA)

There’s A Good Reason Some Talent Remains Undiscovered (tagline)

Review: I don’t know if you noticed, but the title-link at the top doesn’t lead to the movie itself, but to a collection of Christopher Guest mockumentaries that Waiting for Guffman is part of.

And the reason I chose to do that is a) the two other films in the collection; Best in Show and A Mighty Wind is pretty much as good as Waiting for Guffman. And b) the prize of the collection was crazy cheap!!!

Favorite Quote: Corky St. ClairWell, it’s like, how many babies fit the tire? You know, that old joke.

I love mockumentaries, especially the Christopher Guest ones (Spinal Tap, For your consideration and the ones mentioned above). And life’s good for Christopher Guest. Not only does he get to sleep with Jamie Lee Curtis on a daily basis (I’m imagining) he has also reached Leslie Nielsen-levels when it comes to making unfunny funny. He is a genius.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia 1: Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed. Christopher Guest spent a year and a half editing almost 60 hours of footage with editor Andy Blumenthal to come up with the 84 minute final cut for the film.

And his ensemble cast with comedians like Eugene Levy, Larry Miller, Fred Willard, Parker Posey and Catherine O’Hara are also genius.

Which makes this movie a work of genius.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia 2: Meryl Streep’s favorite movie.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 55. Aliens (1986)

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