Mascots - Diminishing Returns
| I guess it's too much to expect another Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show. Sure the idea of Christopher Guest pulling together his usual suspects (Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Chris O'Dowd, John Michael Higgins and others) for an improvised comedy about the people who make their living inside mascot costumes, sounds like comedy gold. It turns out just to be comedy bronze, with fleeting moments or hilarity between long periods of, well-that's-not-very-funny.
Just like Guest's previous films, Mascots is a mockumentary which follows the lives of a number of professional mascots as they enter a championship called the Fluffies. Yes, I know, this should be a laugh a minute odyssey with plenty of opportunity for tagic-comic pathoes. This is why it's so tragic that most of the movie is rather pallid and dull. The movie has it moments, spew your beverage, I-can't-believe-they-went-there moments. But they are surprisingly few. And the film never reaches the emotional levels of his previous works. Not even A Mighty Wind level.
So for die hard Guest fans Mascots, which is being released through Netflix making it require very little commitment, may be worth checking out just for the few moments of joy it provides This isn't the film to turn anyone into a Guest fan.