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Daisy von Scherler Mayer
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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During the scene where Corky (Christopher Guest) is teaching the cast some dance moves, Eugene Levy can be seen in the back behind everyone, almost hidden from view. This is because whenever Guest would show off his moves, Levy would laugh so hard that they would have to cut and wait for him to stop laughing before doing another take. They figured it'd be best if Levy was in the back, where he would not be able to see Guest during this scene. See more »
The placement of the show posters on Corky's wall continually changes See more »
If there's an empty space, just fill it with a line, that's what I like to do. Even if it's from another show.
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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 »
'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.
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