TIFF 2016 Movie Review: MASCOTS (USA 2016)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

mascots_posterMASCOTS (USA 2016) **
Directed by Christopher Guest

Starring: Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest

Review by Gilbert Seah

MASCOTS is an original Netflix movie, which is a warning. For those who have seen Guest’s previous ensemble comedies like WAITING FOR GUFFMAN and BEST IN SHOW, MASCOTS provides much more of the same but not really dished out any better.

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 antics of Guest and company.

Not much effort is put into assembling a strong narrative. The performances appear just lumped together, some funny (Sid the Hedgehog) and some not so funny (Alvin the Armadillo).

The film looks like an extended version of a MASCOTS variation of the TV show “America’s got Talent”, only funnier and with a little less talent. But there should be enough laugh-out loud moments for Christopher Guest fans.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swTWozTxQ-E

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