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Critic Reviews for Mascots
Guest never wanders too far from his comedic safe zone: He is a master at finding humor in how seriously we take ourselves. But no one is complaining.
Mascots is determinedly minor-league. But like the bruschetta- and anchovy-scented cups sold at the event for male mascots to stuff into their costumes, it's offbeat and refreshing nonetheless.
As hard as it is to admit, Guest's once-incisive satirical bite has grown dull in its familiarity. He doesn't seem to be having as much fun here and neither are we.
The only thing Mascots has to be is laugh-out-loud funny, and yet, most of the time, the only things it elicits are reflexive chuckles and a sense of creeping boredom.
Audience Reviews for Mascots
"Mascots" is a very funny film, but it lacks the spontaneity of Christopher Guest's earlier films. This film seems to be more heavily scripted and the lack of witty engagement among the ensemble is apparent.
You know, I've been a big fan of Christopher Guest's mockumentary films. I really enjoyed Waiting for Guffman and Best In Show is one of my favorite comedies of all time. The latter truly is a comedic masterpiece in every sense of the word. I'm not as familiar with A Mighty Wind, I really need to see that one in its entirety. I've seen bits and pieces of it on TV, but never in one full sitting. Anyway, the point is that I'm a big fan of his improvisational comedic style where he just lets his actors do their thing without much in the way of restriction. I'm sure there's certain bullet points they're given to follow the narrative, but they're given free reign with everything else in between. Which is why it pains me to say that this movie really missed the mark entirely. Perhaps entirely isn't the right thing to say but, when compared to Guest's best films, it falls way short of that mark. Guest movies always take a look at some people and how seriously they take something that, inherently, is really silly. And this one is no different. But, usually, you'd see Guest's films and they'd pretty much hit every mark they were going after. It doesn't necessarily make fun of the people, just how seriously they take it all. The theater pretty much writes itself, which is what Guffman was about. Dog shows are absolutely elitist, so, again, pretty much writes itself. What do mascots have that should make them the focus point of a film? Nothing really. There's nothing you can really go after without feeling like you're being condescending to these group of people. And I don't think they even make an effort to be condescending, that's just how it comes across. Because, there's certain scenes near the end, where you see just how much being a mascot means to these people, like the Babineaux sisters for example, where Cindi, I believe, got sick and she had her sister, Laci, do her routine for her. Which actually served a narrative purpose as, Laci, suffered an injury during her high school days that made her stop cheerleading, she wanted to go to college on a cheerleading scholarship. So there's some actual progression of seeing Laci perform after all this time in spite of her injury and her lacking the confidence to do so. Of course Laci's routine ends up being absolute shit, but that's not really relevant as much as it Laci having enough courage to go out there and perform. See, that shit is actually pretty cool. Like, in spite of all the absurdity going on around them, there's some characters with legitimate arcs. They may be basic as all hell, but there's at least something. And not everyone has an arc, but it's good to see that some of the do. The problem with the fact is that the film, honestly, just isn't that funny. Like all of the trademarks from Guest's films are there. The improvisational dialogue, the great cast, the idiosyncratic characters. But it's just not a consistently funny movie at all. And, honestly, the movie is just OK until the actual routines by the mascots take place, after that it's only just elevated to average. The cast is good, of course, and the film does have its laughs. Maybe part of the problem is that it's been a long time since Guest has done one of his mockumentaries. It's been 13 years. And I don't wanna say that Guest is behind the times, but he didn't really bother, much, to catch up to the changes we've seen since 2003. I guess in a way I'm saying he is behind the times, but the fact of the matter is that if he had a great movie on his hands then the fact that he's using a style he's been using for almost 20 years, not consecutively of course, wouldn't be a problem. So that's not really a problem to me, the problem is the fact that the movie just isn't that funny outside of some moments here and there. There's some funny moments with furries, but the movie could have gone in so many different directions that it just didn't go on. Whether through choice or ignorance, it just didn't go as far as it could have with the absurdity of its concept. It is what it is, but this just isn't what I would call a good movie and that really disappoints me when taking into consideration the great comedic films that Guest has under his belt. Can't really recommend it. Only watch if you're a super hardcore Guest fan. And even then, this might not fully satisfy you. That's a shame. I'm sure Best In Show is really cheap on DVD/Blu-Ray nowadays, so get that instead.
As plain comedies go, there have been very few this year that made me laugh as much as "Mascots", the most recent film from the great Christopher Guest. After directing some of my favorite comedies of all time, it is difficult to put aside my bias for his brand of humor. If you have seen "Best in Show" or "Waiting for Guffman", there will be no real surprises aside from some much more overt toilet humor and updated cultural references. Most of his mockumentary style offerings take a mostly mundane or niche setting and crank the absurdity up to 11, that is why I think his last directorial offering "For Your Consideration" ultimately fell flat. It was too steeped in sentimentality, and everyone just seemed too tired and jaded amidst the improv to be silly. In "Mascots" there are some fresh faces and talent, namely Chris O'Dowd and Susan Yeagley who fit right in with the regular Guest ensemble. As per usual, the third act, in-movie productions are a climax of giggles, but instead of just being absurd, the film borders on the surreal in costume, choreography, and set design. With a premise as far-fetched as a global sports mascot awards show, you have to really go wild to make it work. I think Guest and his cast accomplished this easily, but if you haven't seen his earlier directorial offerings, you might just end up bemused and a bit angry.
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