By Jacob Douglas, E23 Reporter

From “This is Spinal Tap”, to “Best in Show”, Christopher Guest is one of the biggest names in the mockumentary genre. Unfortunately, his newest Netflix Original Movie “Mascots” falls short of the hilarity and fun that made his prior works so great.

"Mascots" poster.

“Mascots” is the latest mockumentary from Christopher Guest.

“Mascots” follows several different mascots as they get together to compete and see who the best mascot in the world is. If that sounds a lot like “Best in Show” but with mascots instead of dogs, well, you would be right.

The movie starts out by introducing all of our mascots. There is Mike (Zach Woods) and Mindy Murray (Sarah Baker), the dysfunctional mascot couple. Owen Golly Jr. (Tom Bennett), a mascot who comes from a long family history of mascoting.

Phil Mayhew (Christopher Moyniham) the man who has dedicated his entire life to mascoting. Hip Hop dance student Cindi Babineaux (Parker Posey) and her sister Laci Babineaux (Susan Yeagley).

Guest has a knack for writing quirky and interesting characters, and we see glimpses of that in “Mascots”. However, we don’t get enough screen time with the characters to truly get to know them. Most notably is how little of screen time Tommy ‘Zook’ Zucarello aka “The Fist” (Chris O’Dowd) got.

The self-proclaimed bad boy of the mascot world has arguably the best introduction. Then he disappears, which is disappointing because there was so much potential for this character to shine. “The Fist” would have been a really memorable character who would have been perfect for Guest to develop.

Another example of someone who doesn’t get enough screen time, but steals the show whenever he is on, is Greg Gammons Jr. (Fred Willard). Willard proves once again that whenever he and Guest get together, the audience is in for a whole lot of laughs.

Willard plays Mayhew’s mascot coach, even though it is apparent he knows nothing about being a mascot. Willard’s best scene, and the one that best shows off his comedic chops, is one in which his character has a very uninformed conversation with a little person.

But even Millard’s stellar performance can’t save this movie. The mockumentary genre is such a great one, and one Guest excels at, but a lack of character development and a rushed plot really brings this one down.

“Mascots” doesn’t hold up to the great Guest mockumentaries that have come before it, but is a better choice than some of the other cheap comedies you can find on Netflix. “Mascots” is your perfect late night comedy, not good enough to get your full attention, but just funny enough to entertain you before bed.

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