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Mascots (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 13 October 2016 (USA)
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A look into the world of competitive mascots.

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Christopher Guest
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Woods ... Mike Murray
Wayne Wilderson ... Dr. Harper James
Sarah Baker ... Mindy Murray
Michael Hitchcock ... Langston Aubrey
Tom Bennett ... Owen Golly, Jnr.
Kerry Godliman ... Sarah Golly
Parker Posey ... Cindi Babineaux
Chris O'Dowd ... Tommy 'Zook' Zucarello
Suanne Spoke ... Cavaliers Owner's Wife
Steven M. Porter ... Cavaliers Owner
Christopher Moynihan ... Phil Mayhew
Hayes Mercure ... Football Player
John Michael Higgins ... Upton French
Maria Blasucci ... Jessica Mundt
Suzi Barrett ... 'Does This Smell Normal' Woman
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A look into the world of competitive mascots.

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From the sidelines to the spotlight.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

13 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mascotas See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Harry Shearer's voice can be heard as the announcer at the mascot competition. See more »

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Tommy 'Zook' Zucarello's facial wound changes from eyebrow to nose between scenes. See more »

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A.J. Blumquist: Well, my name is A.J. Blumquist, and I'm a former mascot, Danny the Donkey, and uh, I'm a judge this year for the Fluffies. For the two people that don't know, uh, Danny the Donkey, my mascot alter ego, was the first one to have an anatomically correct costume
[picture of donkey costume with large penis covered by large black bar]
A.J. Blumquist: . That lasted all of one game, caused a lot of controversy, but I have a lot of fans in Mexico, south of the border, Tasmania, Finland, and uh, I've had a lot of ...
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References Waiting for Guffman (1996) See more »

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Keep the Mask On
31 October 2016 | by BlueFairyBlogSee all my reviews

Christopher Guest has always made seriously hilarious mockumentaries. Beginning with the classic comedy "This is Spinal Tap," Guest has riffed on every subject from local theater, to dog shows, and here he is taking on the world of mascots. He assembled some of his favorite actors (Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Ed Begley Jr., and John Michael Higgins to name a few) and has released his newest film "Mascots," on Netflix. Though Guest uses the same great set-up as many of his past films, sometimes tried and true methods are more tired and false.

While I have enjoyed all six of Guest's written mockumentaries, this film is a bore-fest from start to finish.For one thing it doesn't feel like a mockumentary. There's too much polish and obvious talking heads flavoring this film for it to feel like anything other than a run of the mill, factory made comedy. Though there are a couple of chuckles to be had at the witty banter, there's nothing truly incisive about the commentary of this film. The world of mascoting might be small, like the dog show circuit, but it's not one that truly lends to a lot of social discourse, or any true characterizations of small town America, which is Guest's bread and butter. It wouldn't surprise me if the entire reason Guest chose mascots is part of the film concerning the Furry community, which is the only truly interesting bit of the film.

Some aspects of the film feel really stale and out of place. The entire plot turn where Cindi Babineaux's school's past is called into question, was clearly unneeded, because it does nothing but hinder the plot and confuse the audience. It's also unclear why Fred Willard and Brad Williams conversation needs to happen at all, except to show a character out of their depth. Actually a lot of the cast feels unneeded or written poorly, including the married couple, The Fist and his straight man, and all the side mascots. The routines aren't even really about supporting a team. They're often influenced more by vaudeville, or clown culture, which doesn't fit into the film at all.

Honestly, this would have made for a better television show. It would be great to see these characters in a more in-depth way, and really explain mascot culture for those of us completely in the dark. Though it's clear much of the cast is trying their darndest to recapture the old magic of "Waiting for Guffman," and "A Mighty Wind," this is probably the lowest Christopher Guest has ever sunk. (Barring "Almost Heroes" of course.)


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