Watch Waiting for Guffman
- 1 hr 24 min
Waiting for Guffman is a hilarious mockumentary from 1996, directed by and starring Christopher Guest. The film follows the fictional small town of Blaine, Missouri as they prepare for their 150th anniversary celebration. A local theater group called "The New Main Street Singers" is chosen to perform a musical production called "Red, White and Blaine" in honor of the town's big milestone.
As the group rehearses, it becomes clear that they are not a very talented bunch. However, they eagerly await the arrival of a famed Broadway producer named Mort Guffman, who they believe might attend their performance and offer them a chance at fame and fortune. The anticipation of Guffman's arrival creates a sense of excitement and tension within the group, and they all dream of the possibility of making it big.
Throughout the film, we are introduced to an eclectic cast of characters, including Corky St. Clair (played by Christopher Guest), the flamboyant director of the musical; Ron and Sheila Albertson (played by Fred Willard and Catherine O'Hara), a married couple who had a brief stint on Broadway but are now relegated to community theater; and Libby Mae Brown (played by Parker Posey), a pushy performer who dreams of stardom.
The humor in Waiting for Guffman primarily comes from the characters' absurdity and delusions of grandeur. Each character is unique and eccentric in their own way, and the performances are all top-notch. The movie skillfully balances humor with a touch of heart, and by the time the climactic performance arrives, you can't help but root for the New Main Street Singers, despite their apparent lack of talent.
One of the film's standout scenes comes when Corky St. Clair and the cast of "Red, White and Blaine" perform a musical number called "Nothing Ever Happens on Mars." It's a hilariously cheesy sci-fi tune that perfectly encapsulates the group's lack of musical and theatrical talent. The scene is pure joy and infectious, and it's hard not to join in on the silly song and dance.
Waiting for Guffman is a film that has stood the test of time. It's a masterpiece of improv comedy and satire, and every viewing brings new laughs and appreciation for the talented cast and crew. While the themes of the film are universal - the desire for acceptance and recognition - the humor and characters are uniquely absurd and memorable.
Overall, if you're a fan of mockumentaries like This Is Spinal Tap or The Office, you'll love Waiting for Guffman. It's an underappreciated gem from the 90s that deserves to be rediscovered and celebrated.
Waiting for Guffman is a 1997 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 71.