Owen Gleiberman
March 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Air Guitar Nation

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
82 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/23/07
director
Alexandra Lipsitz
distributor
Docurama
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

It sounds like a goof out of a bad Wayne’s World sequel: the international air-guitar championships, held in rockin’ Scandinavia. But the event really exists, and the short-and-sweet doc Air Guitar Nation follows two challengers from the first U.S. air-guitar competition in L.A. (it’s like American Idol crossed with a Star Trek convention) to Oulu, Finland, where they compete to be the one true god of vicarious metalhead glory. 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.

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