Saturday, August 27, 2016

Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Castle Rock Entertainment
Directed by Christopher Guest
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(DVD, Warner Bros.)

An all-American town in Missouri celebrates its sesquicentennial by putting on a play. They hire local celebrity Christopher Guest to write and direct it. He puts together a cast of local "talent", none of whom can act or sing. During rehearsals he invites a Broadway producer to the premier, leading the cast to believe a positive review could land them in New York. After many trials and tribulations, the show goes on, but will the Broadway producer show up? Guest basically defined the "mockumentary" genre with this film, but unfortunately it is loaded with offensive stereotypes and just isn't very funny.

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