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Air Guitar Nation (2006)



Critic Consensus: It's up for debate how serious or ironic its subjects are, but Air Guitar Nation is nonetheless a funny and exciting documentary with a killer soundtrack.

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In this documentary from filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz, the cameras roll to capture the fierce competitive spirit that defined the first annual U.S. Air Guitar Championship. Staged in Finland and featuring some of the fastest-fingered shredders on the planet, the U.S. Air Guitar Championship would bring a hobby once contained to the bedroom directly into the spotlight for all to enjoy. Featured jam sessions and interviews with both the performers and their "airhead" groupies offer a humorous look at an unlikely competition driven by pure showmanship. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Peter Cilella
as Clayton Sweeney
Dan Crane
as Bjorn Turoque
Adam Crystal
as New York Judge
Gordon Hintz
as Krye Tuff
Gavin McInnes
as New York Judge
Zac Munro
as Zac The Magnet Munro
Angela Shelton
as Cherry Vanilla
Mark Teich
as Terry Van Exell
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Critic Reviews for Air Guitar Nation

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (29)

There must be better, more useful ways of amusing themselves but obviously none which would allow them to strut the stage to the plaudits of a baying crowd like latter-day rock stars.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/6

Very funny.

November 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Like most guitar solos, the film doesn't quite know when to quit.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Despite the film's admirable brevity it's still hard to maintain a wry ironic grin for a full 81 minutes.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Shot in a raw, grungy style that lends the film a degree of authenticity, AGN is a riff-roaring experience that rarely hits a bum note.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A nuts-and-bolts document of the annual Air Guitar World Championships which take place in the rural outpost of Oulu in Finland.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Air Guitar Nation


Air Guitar Nation is insanely entertaining. Honestly, I put this movie off for a long time thinking that there was no way I was going to be entertained or at all care about air guitar. But it's really easy to like and actually dare I say respect what they are doing. C-Diddy and Bjorn Turoque are really likable in their own weird way and that's what makes the movie as they are the prime focus of the documentary. Some of the things the players say and so just make you laugh and then you see they aren't laughing and you think, "Wait, Are they serious?" To some extent they are, but the good thing is they only do it to have fun and I have to say it's a lot of fun to watch them.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer


On a scale between 4.0 and 6.0, I give it a 5.8! What an interesting film! This "mockumentary" film ranks up there with "Murderball" and "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters", really defining this genre of movies at the top of the ranks. This is top-notch entertainment, you can't script better characters. If you haven't seen "C-Diddy" perform, then you're just missing out.

Richard Franzen
Richard Franzen

Super Reviewer

This is a really fun movie to watch. It starts with a ridiculous premise, but eventually wins you over with its exhuberance and, I hate to say it, skill. Some of the guys who compete are really quite accomplished in thier strange field and are pretty impressive to watch. This movie is like watching multiple love letters to rock music, if not guitar aptitude. It's too bad that Dan Crane kind of comes off as a bit desperate and pathetic. He's not too bad, but his tenacity makes him kind of a tragic character.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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