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Mascots (2016)
Topic Started: May 7 2017, 02:51 PM (123 Views)
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Mascots (2016) Dir. Christopher Guest
A Netflix Production
89 min. / Color / 1.85:1

It's the eighth annual Fluffy Awards (also known as the "Fluffies", which doesn't sound much different), awarded to the world's best sports team mascot by a "celebrity panel" of judges who are, um, former sports team mascots. We meet many of the contestants, and then, let the show begin!

Another of Mr. Guest's "mockumentaries," and in fact this one is kind of a direct sequel to Waiting for Guffman, with Guest reprising his hilarious Corky St. Clair character in an all-too-brief cameo. Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Michael McKean are also missing, sadly, but most of the rest of the regulars in this series (which goes back 20 years now) are back. The best of all the films is Best in Show, the dog show movie, and this film - because of its competition theme - comes across as a weak step-sister of that film, unfortunately. Taken on its own, though, I still laughed a lot.

Our contestants include a plumber doing a scatological cheer; a modern dance aardvark; a married couple who are magic in the suits and hate each other out of them; a Rabbi who dances with a worm; and a third-generation hedgehog who longs to shake up the family act but is under the thumb of his angry father.

The gang includes Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, the delightful Parker Posey (as the aardvark), and old friends Jane Lynch and Ed Begley, Jr. as the retired mascots (Ed had been an anatomically-correct donkey) and the cheerfully clueless Fred Willard who has an hysterical run-in with a midget. Er, sorry, "Little Person." Chris O'Dowd, whom we all no doubt remember as the helpful cop in Bridesmaids, does a very funny change of pace as a sex-crazed, profane hockey mascot.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Angry wife: "You didn't even thank me!"
Husband: "It's hard to thank someone who hurt your face."

Nice to see the group reunited and if this isn't their best film, it's considerably better than the last one, For Your Consideration, so there you go. It's available on Netflix, unsurprisingly.
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