Movie Review: Waiting for Guffman (1997)

Title: Waiting for Guffman
Release Date: January 31, 1997
Director: Christopher Guest
Production Company: Castle Rock Entertainment

If there’s an empty space, just fill it with a line, that’s what I like to do. Even if it’s from another show.

The small town of Blaine, Missouri is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a historical musical directed by Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest).  Because Corky once worked in the New York theater scene he invites Broadway producer Mort Guffman to watch the show for a possible run in New York. The naive and eager case put all their hopes into Guffman arriving and giving them their big chance at stardom. The cast includes Eugene Levy as the wisecracking dentist Dr. Allan Pearl, Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara as a married couple who frequently appear in Corky’s productions (and travel agents who never leave Blaine), and Parker Posey as the energetic Dairy Queen employee Libby Mae Brown.

I would say that of all the Christopher Guest Comedies, this one could be accused of punching down. Except, that when they actually do the show it is quite entertaining, maybe not Broadway quality but definitely a lot of fun for a community theater.  Also, a lot of the jokes come from the weird history of Blaine which includes manufacturing footstools and alien abductions.  All of it adds up to one of the funniest movies ever made.

 Kids don’t like eating at school, but if they have a Remains of the Day lunchbox they’re a lot happier.

Rating: ****