Monday, April 17, 2017

Waiting For Guffman (1996)

Please click the link to read my review of the most famous Christopher Guest mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap
Synopsis: Hilarity ensues when small-town rubes produce sub-par musical. 
Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “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.” 
What Did I Learn?: 1) Blaine Missouri was once the Stool Capital of America. 2) It’s not a bad idea to conduct a bit of research into the size of your local municipality’s operating budget before you hit up the town council for 100 grand. 
You Might Like This Movie If: You would watch Parker Posey in anything. 
Really?: 1) Did anyone consider the possibility of video-taping Red, White and Blaine? 2) So…everyone in this mockumentary is both funny and quirky. That’s convenient. 
Rating: Waiting for Guffman isn’t quite in the same league as the legendary This is Spinal Tap, but it is a delightful, and very funny character-driven comedy featuring a great cast, including SCTV vets Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. I still chuckle when I think of Corky’s (Guest) big meltdown after the Mayor rejected his request for more money. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars. 

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