It’s been 10 years since Christopher Guest‘s last feature film, “For Your Consideration,” turned its satirical eye on the world of Hollywood awards. Now he brings his usual mockumentary format to another to the world of “Mascots” — specifically the sports mascots competing to win the coveted Golden Fluffy. The film premiered on Netflix on Thursday, October 13.
According to critics, the film doesn’t quite rise to the heights of Guest’s best films like “Waiting for Guffman” (1997) and “Best in Show” (2000). It has scored 57 on MetaCritic and 52% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. But Guest’s signature style and the reunion of his regular troupe of actors — including Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins and Jennifer Coolidge — appear likely to satisfy his devoted fans, who have waited years for this film comeback.
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Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out New York): “‘Mascots,’ the director’s first feature in a decade, shows Guest completely unchanged, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re a fan of his expert troupe of actors, most of whom return to the fold … Guest’s real subject, redemptively, is loneliness and marital discord; his losers yearn for the company of each other (even if they also want to kill each other).”
Sarah Kurchak (Consequence of Sound): “The only thing left to do is discuss is where the new Guest film stands in relation to its peers. For ‘Mascots,’ that ends up being somewhere in the middle of the pack, as it’s a welcome to return to form in both subject matter and tone after 2006’s ‘For Your Consideration.'”
Kevin Jagernauth (The Playlist): “The writer/director/performer, across films like ‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ ‘Waiting For Guffman,’ ‘Best In Show,’ and ‘A Mighty Wind,’ has set the bar so high for himself and others, you can’t fault his new film “Mascots” for failing to rank among those benchmarks. However, it is nonetheless an enjoyable return to the movies for Guest that should easily please his longtime fans.”
Devan Coggan (Entertainment Weekly): “Christopher Guest is the godfather of mockumentaries (even though it’s a term he himself has disavowed), and the oddness of the sports mascot subculture makes them a perfect target for the director of ‘Waiting for Guffman’ and ‘Best in Show’ … If you’re a Guest devotee, you’ll be in the stands cheering; otherwise, Mascots feels like a bit of a retread”