We haven't had one of Christopher Guest's hilarious mockumentary comedies since 2009's Oscars-themed For Your Consideration, and that is a damn shame. It used to be his films, which includes other top laughers Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, were a pretty big deal. They were never huge at the box office but they became instant classics to a certain audience. Guest's latest, Mascots, is flying way under the radar as a Netflix exclusive, but maybe that will change with the arrival of its first trailer.
Starring many of the usual suspects: Jane Lynch, Chris O'Dowd, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, Ed Begley Jr., Sarah Baker, Jim Piddock and more, the film finds Guest turning his comedic eye towards another rarely-explored group: professional mascots.
Here's the synopsis from its upcoming TIFF premiere:
All the world’s a stage in the films of Christopher Guest, and all the players just want to be loved, to be accepted — and to win! Guest’s semi-improvised mockumentaries consistently champion the underdogs. (And, in the case of the magnificent Best in Show, actual dogs.) With this latest film, the director and his extended family of gifted collaborators usher us into the milieu of professional mascots, those energetic individuals who bravely don ridiculous oversized costumes to excite sports fans and cheer on their team with slapstick antics. Chronicling the competition for the World Mascot Association’s Gold Fluffy Award, Mascots is an inspired showcase for the comic genius of Guest and company.
Among the mascots who descend on Anaheim for the Golden Fluffies are a Midwestern man whose routine is based entirely around plumbing, a Texan whose moves are heavily informed by modern dance, and a womanizing Irish Canuck raised in a commune whose members follow the spiritual teachings of Michael Landon’s character on Highway to Heaven. And then there’s Gabby Monkhouse: mascot-turned-judge. The stakes are high, and the competitors must contend with mandatory drug testing, familial guilt trips, marital discord, and food poisoning. The WMA organizers, meanwhile, are desperate to impress a pair of representatives from the Gluten-Free Channel, who may just want to turn the Fluffies into a nationally televised event.
Mascots hits Netflix on October 13th.