2. “Waiting for Guffman”
Released: January 31, 1997
Few movies have elicited more laughs from me than this mockumentary from Christopher Guest. Corky St. Clair (Guest) is a failed Broadway director who has taken on the job of directing the play “Red, White & Blaine” in honor of Blaine, Missouri’s 150th anniversary. Every second of the film does a great job highlighting the wide array of personalities in the small town. In the play alone, Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara stand out as a travel agent couple who take their job in the play very seriously. In many ways, this is one the most quotable of all of Guest’s films. There is also no better high point than the actual performance of “Red, White & Blaine.” Just as one thinks the sharply defined lunacy of the film can’t get any more precise and hilarious, it ups its game. It’s a true comic discovery unfortunately dumped in January upon its release.