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
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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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