Mascots is the latest Mockumentary offering from Christopher Guest, comedy legend behind This Is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind and Best In Show. Making its debut recently on Netflix, it seems to have passed a lot of people by, which is unfortunate as Netflix is the perfect place for this type of gentle, cult comedy to find an audience.
A faux-documentary centred around a fictional award ceremony, The Fluffies, Mascots is chock full of great comedy actors, quirky characters and brilliant set piece gags.
Each Mascot is introduced with a talking head section and a little breakdown of their character. I don’t want to go into too much detail as this truly is a film that relies on the little moments. However, Chris O’Dowd as drunken hockey mascot The Fist, is a particular highlight
Guest trots out most of his usual parade of collaborators, ( Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jennifer “Stiffler’s Mom” Coolidge and the ever wonderful John Michael Higgins) but it’s the newcomers who truly shine. Zach Woods, last seen in the opening scene of Ghostbusters is very funny as Mike Murray, who constantly seems to want to escape his wife. The real stand out for me was Brit actor Tom Bennett as Owen Golly Jr, a Hedgehog football mascot from London, who initially came across as Ricky Gervais-lite, before really winning me over.
I feel like Christopher Guest’s movies are an acquired taste, some people can’t stand them, while others love his brand of improvisational mock-doc humour. I fall into the latter category. I enjoyed Mascots, I laughed a lot, I liked all the characters and while not on the level of Best in Show, Mascots is still very much worth your time.
For Fans Of :
This is Spinal Tap