Waiting for Guffman
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Time Out saysFirst in a trio of fond satires on small-time strivers (Best in Show and A Mighty Wind being the others), Guest's spoof documentary tracks the earnest enthusiasm and goofy dedication of a ragtag troupe of amateur thesps putting on a musical - 'Red, White and Blaine' - in celebration of the anniversary of their hick town in Minnesota. Guest's effete Corky St Clair is the prissy master of ceremonies - a resident genius, if you believe his collaborators, who include Levy's vaudevillian dentist, Posey's toothy ex-Dairy Queen waitress, and another superlative turn from Willard and O'Hara as a Mr and Mrs team of travel agents. There are some raucous moments (Corky's hip-swivelling domestic dance moves are a sight to behold), but more often the comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.
Cast and crew
Don Lake, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, David Cross, Eugene Levy, James McQueen, Turk Pipin, Jerry Turman, Bob Balaban, Larry Miller, Scott Williamson, Deborah Theaker, Michael Hitchcock, Paul Dooley