Waiting for Guffman

Movie review by Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Fab small-town spoof; subtle humor may bore kids.

R 1997 84 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 14+

Comedy gold!!

There is a fine line between satire and being mean, arguments can be made on either side whether this film crosses those lines or bulldozes over them. Guest nails community theatre in a small town and depending on which side you are on that will decide how you feel about this film. Guest and his band of thespians nail the idiosyncrasies and heartfelt emotion that communities put into their productions. Everyone in this film is comedy gold.
age 12+

Mockumentary OK for older tweens despite R rating

It is important to note that despite its R rating, Waiting for Guffman is a quirky mockumentary that any mature tween would be able to see. Waiting for Guffman received its R rating for strong language, and it is true, there is some salty vocabulary. In an audition, a man says he going to "do a scene from Raging Bull." He uses "f--k," about three times to describe sexual acts, in a comical way. Other swearing is minor, such as "bastard," and "ass." The profanity is the sole reason for the R rating, and for a mature tween or young teen, it shouldn't be a problem. Some minor sexual innuendo. A woman asks another woman what it's like to be with a circumcised man. There is reference to a man's "penis reduction." Reference a "vagina enlargement." A man starts to unzip his pants to show another man his penis, but he doesn't actually get far. Other comical sexual innuendo is rare and light, and may go over young viewers' heads. Overall, Waiting for Guffman is a charming, if not a little boring, mockumentary-style film about bringing a small community together over the supposed arrival of an acclaimed New York critic that your young teens and tweens will love if they can get around some of the mature moments.

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