April 15, 2006

My life is complete – I can now lay down and die, for I’ve finally seen Waiting for Guffman.

It take a lot of practice to suck. I’d say it probably takes even more practice than being awesome. And every single small town thespian in this film must have practiced A LOT…because they all stink. People who watched Guffman right after it was released probably thought the sucking wasn’t that big a deal – maybe they are just shitty anyway. I already know that Parker Posey, Christopher Guest, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy can sing from watching A Mighty Wind, which made their “bad” performances all the more awe-inspiring. That “Midnight at the Oasis” skit – while hilarious – was cringeworthy.

I was disoriented at seeing Catherine O’Hara matched up with Fred Willard instead of Eugene Levy. Don’t get me wrong – they worked…but they just don’t have the same chemistry.

So this is what Matthew Keeslar was doing before Gregg Araki found him? I wonder if Parker Posey had anything to do with hooking them up?

David Cross has a cameo. Bonus.

My son is developing a very sophisticated sense of humor. He really got excited about the last half of the film – specifically the music numbers. His favorite was “Stool Boom.” I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him hop around like that! He was bouncing up and down on my lap nonstop. I wonder if Christopher Guest has ever thought about directing Baby Einstein DVDs? Because my kid won’t give them the time of day…

Oh no, it’s the inevitable mockumentary comparison! EEK! General consensus seems to be that Waiting for Guffman is the funniest of the three (or four, if you count Spinal Tap) Guest mockumentaries. Of course, I’ve gotta disagree and put Best in Show at the top of the list…with Waiting for Guffman a close second. I’m really looking forward to For Your Consideration. I’m unsure whether it will be a full-on mockumentary..but Ricky Gervais is the star, so how can it not be? Imagine, the top American and British improv/mockumentary teams joining up to form the best mockumentary ever – it’s like VOLTRON!

This movie is probably going to end up getting me fired. I don’t think I am going to be able to resist telling someone that I hate them…and their ASS FACE!

Year – 1996
Rating – R
Runtime – 84 minutes
Genre – Mockumentary
Director(s) – Christopher Guest
Writer(s) – Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Actor(s) – Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey
BOB Rating – Three BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Mmmmmedicine Man not go near Dances With Stumpy! Noooo!" - Dr. Allan Pearl (Eugene Levy)