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Waiting for Guffman (1996)

R | | Comedy | 31 January 1997 (USA)
An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

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Storyline

A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show. Written by Piotr Zembrowski <zembrows@astro.utoronto.ca>

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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31 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,990, 2 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,923,982
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Trivia

Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest) wears a Judy Tenuta T-shirt near the beginning of the film. Tenuta's self-given nickname is "The Love Goddess". See more »

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After Corky shares the news of Mr. Guffman's arrival, Libby says "Wow." She then asks "What does this mean, Corky?" but the movement of her mouth shows she's not actually saying the line. See more »

Quotes

Corky St. Clair: [during "Red, White, and Blaine production, 'Bulging River' Scene] I love you too pa. You taught me how to be a man. How to wrastle a steer to the ground and apply a fiery brand to his hind-quarters. And yes, how to love a woman. How the smell of her hair can drive a man wild!
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During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store. See more »

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My Bubba Made a Kishka
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Sung a cappella by Eugene Levy
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Waiting to be entertained ...
18 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This Christopher Guest film has the potential to be incredibly funny considering it's about a small midwestern town's historic festival drama production. The characters are iconoclastic emblems of small town life, who find leadership in a neurotic off-off-off... Broadway director turned high school drama teacher, Corky.

But soon the movie plays out like a bad pbs documentary. The intended humor is just that, intended, but so contrived it's stale, like a day old loaf of French bread. The town of Blaine places its salvation in Corky's hands as he plans on making his return to off-off-off... Broadway with. How? Guffman (to say more would give away the plot).

About the only saving grace of this movie is the humourous tension between the high school music director, Lloyd Miller, a control-freak of short stature, and Corky, the closet-gay "drama queen."

If you want to see a funny Christopher Guest film, rent Best in Show, or go see Might Wind. Definitely pass on this train wreck of a mockumentary.


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