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  • Summary: A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, world stage, Air Guitar Nation chronicles the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships as legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams on a quest to become the world champion in a strange world where musicalA battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, world stage, Air Guitar Nation chronicles the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships as legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams on a quest to become the world champion in a strange world where musical ability plays second fiddle to virtual virtuosity. (Docurama Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. When C-Diddy (a.k.a. David Jung), in his samurai superman suit, does his note-perfect, lip-twisting, belly-jiggling manic mime of Extreme's ''Play With Me,'' it's hard not to grin and admit that, yes, this is almost an art form.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    80
    My long strums are pretty f---ing tight," gushes one faux-ax-stroker in this slick, hilarious, and at times even suspenseful ode to competitive mock-rock and/or the further decline of Western civ.
  3. 80
    I don't know whether to call it interpretive dance for dudes or performance art or just a highly developed form of wanking. Who cares? It seriously rocks.
  4. Reviewed by: Liz Clayton
    75
    The film manages to make surprisingly convincing gestures toward the power of communion, and indeed pantomime, that make the world shine a bit more hopeful.
  5. 70
    It's one of the charms of Air Guitar Nation that much of it plays like a mockumentary in which you're not quite sure who's pulling your leg. But it's real, even if the guitars are not.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    70
    The movie's wild performances and droll humor are tough to resist.
  7. 63
    A semiserious documentary about a cult of performance art that until recently was never meant to be taken seriously.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. BryanM.
    Mar 28, 2007
    10
    I just saw this movie in NY and was totally blown away by it. It was incredibly funny, and totally engaging. I thought it might just be lame I just saw this movie in NY and was totally blown away by it. It was incredibly funny, and totally engaging. I thought it might just be lame wankers but they were unbelievably hilarious! Check it out!! Expand
  2. TimM
    Sep 7, 2007
    10
    This movie was freakin hilarious... and for a brief moment... in one of the competition montages... i felt the essence of humanity and soul This movie was freakin hilarious... and for a brief moment... in one of the competition montages... i felt the essence of humanity and soul raining down on me like pellets of ice from a dark, ominous sky... and for the rest of it, i laughed my face off. Even my girlfriend, who was extremely skeptical when i put this in her player, was cheering by the end. Glorious. Collapse
  3. MaryA.
    Apr 1, 2007
    10
    This grandma LOVED the film and can't wait to tell her family that Nona rocked out over the music and clever editing of this hilarious This grandma LOVED the film and can't wait to tell her family that Nona rocked out over the music and clever editing of this hilarious documentary with a message... More air guitar less guns!! Expand
  4. AddyT.
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    This movie is extremely entertaining and by far the most fun I have ever had watching a documentary! Air Guitar rocks!!!! Make Air not War!
  5. RogerT.
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    This movie was beyond hilarious. I went into it a skeptic, thinking, this must be a a joke...but I totally got sucked in and loved it. The This movie was beyond hilarious. I went into it a skeptic, thinking, this must be a a joke...but I totally got sucked in and loved it. The soundtrack rocks and the whole thing is just insanely funny. Expand
  6. MarcK.
    Oct 24, 2007
    4
    I didn't think it was possible that such an interesting and exciting subject could yield such a boring film. But that's what I didn't think it was possible that such an interesting and exciting subject could yield such a boring film. But that's what happened. Bjorn Toroque was a complete jerk, and C-Diddy lacked any charisma. Expand
  7. JohnnyD.
    Aug 20, 2007
    0
    This movie is a serious waste of time. Air guitar? Yeah right. Of course this movie attempts to humor the audience, but clearly fails.

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