Waiting for Guffman

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1

This documentary spoof from writer-director Christopher Guest, one of the creators of This is Spinal Tap, captures the fictional town of Blaine, Missouri, getting ready to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Named for a misplaced wagon train scout who convinces settlers they reached California, Blaine's history features a visit by President McKinley. Presentation of a footstool to McKinley led to Blaine's title of "Stool Capital of the World." Corky St.Clair (Guest) plans a musical stage show to salute Blaine's historical highlights. Corky's production of "Red, White and Blaine" includes the memorable visit of a UFO, which led to a intergalactic potluck dinner. Through auditions, rehearsals and arguments with city council for money, the camera focuses on the thoughts and actions of the local talent. Corky's efforts attract the attention of a prestigious Broadway producer named Guffman. But will Guffman show for the play's premiere? As Shakespeare wrote, "the play's the thing" in this sometimes humorous spoof of small town celebrations.

Corky exhibits the lisping speech and effeminate gestures typical of Hollywood's version of a homosexual. Although he talks about buying his wife's clothes, another character comments she's never seen his wife. In candid interviews, a travel agent talks about traveler's diarrhea. During auditions a dentist (co-writer Eugene Levy) appears to be ogling a woman's cleavage. Also at auditions, a man uses the f-word quoting a movie scene. To their credit, Corky and the music director cringe at its use. During a dinner with too much wine, the subject of circumcision and genital surgery end with a man trying to show his scars to the dentist. During backstage costume changes, a woman is seen in her bra, but there's no nudity or sexual scenes in the film. Although this comedy has few objectionable elements, the implied homosexuality of the lead, along with some obscenities and crude comments, means you won't be waiting to see it.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor:
: Sony Pictures Classics, 711 Fifth Ave. 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023-7780

Summary
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Crude Language: Few (4) times - Moderate

Obscene Language: Few (4) times - f-word 2, other 2

Profanity: Several (6) times - Regular 2 (JC 1, G 1), Exclamatory 4

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None; near nudity once (woman seen briefly in bra during costume change)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: : Several times (man talks of being 'probed' during UFO abduction, man ogles woman's cleavage, discussion of circumcision and genital surgery, hair dryer blown on man's crotch )

Drugs: Few times (cigarette smoking, wine with meal, character gets drunk)

Other: Travel agent talks about diarrhea

Running Time: 84 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults


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