Waiting for Guffman
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Alan Cumming in person for a post-film discussion!
“First in a trio of fond satires on small-time strivers (Best in Show and A Mighty Wind being the others), Guest’s spoof documentary tracks the earnest enthusiasm and goofy dedication of a ragtag troupe of amateur thesps putting on a musical – ‘Red, White and Blaine’ – in celebration of the anniversary of their hick town in Minnesota. Guest’s effete Corky St Clair is the prissy master of ceremonies – a resident genius, if you believe his collaborators, who include Levy’s vaudevillian dentist, Posey’s toothy ex-Dairy Queen waitress, and another superlative turn from Willard and O’Hara as a Mr and Mrs team of travel agents. There are some raucous moments (Corky’s hip-swivelling domestic dance moves are a sight to behold), but more often the comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.” – Time Out (London)84 Minutes