Christopher Guest brought together his usual ensemble for this playful, loving jab at small town, middle
America and the people who inhabit it.
Guest’s films are always more about the quirks of the characters than the plots into which they are
placed. This plot is a standard: A small town (Blaine, Kansas) decide to put on a show to celebrate
their 150th anniversary, reminiscent of The Music Man and dozens of other plays, movies and more.
Take any favorable review of Best In Show, tone it down a notch or two, and that is my review of
Waiting For Guffman. This is simultaneously a parody and a tribute, a description of all of Guest’s
films. But I am grateful to the similarities. It is always a delight to see Guest, Parker Posey, Eugene
Levy and others on screen with the hysterical deadpan wizardry of Fred Willard, a genius at his
If you haven’t seen this…or if you haven’t seen it recently…move it immediately to the top of your
Blockbuster or Netflix queue.