Categories this film falls into:
waiting for guffman (1996)
Red, White and Blaine. The musical.
Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy are comic geniuses. Period. This mockumentary about Blaine, Missouri's 150th anniversary is phenomenal. Number 1, their history is hilarious: the founder thinking they'd reached the ocean, making stools for presidents and alien abductions. Number 2, the characters in this saga are all well developed and hilarious: from Steve Stark, the councilman obsessed with Corky, to Ron and Sheila Albertson - the professional actors, to Gwen Fabin-Blunt, a direct descendant of the Fabins who founded Blaine who knows how the Kennedy's feel.
When I watched it the first time, I laughed so much I missed half the wonderful humor in the film. Humor. That's just it - Guest and Levy didn't write a movie full of jokes - they wrote a movie full of humor. There's a difference. The people in this film are taking the 150th celebration and the history of their town very seriously and as such, humor abounds. Yes, we are laughing at them, but we are also laughing with them.
THINGS I LOVE
the characters. Every single one.
I love all of them - Corky looking at the others on the panel in agreement
Being a Fabin
is not always easy. Um. I can certainly understand how the Kennedy's
feel. - Gwen Fabin-Blunt