MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 998 this week

Waiting for Guffman (1996)

 -  Comedy  -  31 January 1997 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 20,566 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 198 user | 48 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 11 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 17 Apr 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 08 Feb 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 27 Mar 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Waiting for Guffman (1996) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Waiting for Guffman.

User Polls

2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Best in Show (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A colorful array of characters competes at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Life of Brian (1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest
Superbad (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
Clerks. (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti
Bridesmaids I (2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne
Bernie (2011)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
Role Models (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.

Director: David Wain
Stars: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks
In the Loop (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State ... See full summary »

Director: Armando Iannucci
Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini
Old School (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gwen Fabin-Blunt - Councilwoman
...
Steve Stark - Councilman
Scott Williamson ...
Tucker Livingston - Councilman
...
Glenn Welsch - Mayor
...
Phil Burgess - Blaine Historian
...
...
...
...
...
UFO Expert
...
James McQueen ...
Singing Auditioner (as Jim McQueen)
...
Ping Pong Ball Juggler
Jerry Turman ...
Raging Bull Auditioner
...
Lloyd Miller
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There's A Good Reason Some Talent Remains Undiscovered See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Christopher Guest Project  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,990 (USA) (31 January 1997)

Gross:

$2,892,582 (USA) (18 July 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | (uncredited)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Don Lake was originally cast as the principal of the high school who had problems with the rehearsals taking up basketball team's floor. When the character was ultimately cut from the story, Lake was re-cast as the town historian. However, all the footage of him during the performance of "Red, White and Blaine", including his intermission interview, is of him as the principal. See more »

Goofs

In the Chinese dinner scene, the plate of beef to the left of Sheila appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Pearl: People say, You must have been the class clown. And I say, No, I wasn't. But I sat next to the class clown, and I studied him.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Chasing Kevin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Lightnin' Strikes
Words and Music by Lou Christie (as Lou Christy), Twyla Herbert
Courtesy of Music Corporation of America, Inc. (BMI)
Sung by James McQueen at the audition. (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Who's on Top Now!
8 February 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

'Waiting for Guffman', while lacking the expansive detail of the seminal 'This is Spinal Tap', is still a worthy addition to Guest's filmography. The story, as ever, is really quite irrelevant, as the pleasure to be had from these films is in meeting the characters that the actors forge from intensive improvisation. What never ceases to amaze is that these 'improvised' characters have more depth, subtlety and believability than the large majority of traditionally crafted and scripted characters. Equally as impressive is the refusal to turn any character into an object of derision. For all their seeming vacuous vanity and ego driven foibles, these are essentially good people. The entire movie is infused with a benign joy and heartfelt warmth that is irresistible.

As others have said, the highlight of the movie is a scene that can only be seen in the DVD extras – Libby Mae Brown's audition monologue – an incredibly well written and executed performance that reveals more about her character and Posie's talent than many award winning turns.

As ever, the musical numbers by 'Taps' Guest, McKean and Shearer are brilliant – catchy and witty and performed just on the right side of endearing amateurishness.

An excellent movie, that compensates for the lack of laugh-out-loud moments with well crafted, beautifully realized characters, and inspired songs.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The funniest parts... osiris1979
Funniest Part to Me... stupidgirl2003
Bill Murray? erikisonfire
Rated R for brief strong language? erinw91
My community theater moments snakeguy76
Remains of the Day Lunchbox hitchcockfan60
Discuss Waiting for Guffman (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?