The world of film is obviously as broad and far-reaching as it could be, and no matter how much we might feel that certain films are so good that everyone should like them, people have differing tastes. I might think My Dinner with Andre is easily one of the best films there is, despite the fact that most people can’t finish it. Virtually every list of the best films ever includes Casablanca somewhere close to the top, but I agree with the cast and crew in thinking that it isn’t really anything special. Such is life.

But, if you don’t have Waiting for Guffman, or Best in Show, or both, on your list of favorite movies, I just don’t get you.

Christopher Guest‘s mockumentary films (which also include A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration – which are both good, but not nearly as solid) all include familiar faces, and are, to one extent or another, improvised.

His latest, Mascots, finally has a trailer, and the Netflix original hits on October 13th.

It may be the perfect time for a revisit of the pseudo-franchise, and a Netflix release seems like a great fit as well. While Guest’s first two efforts quickly became cult classics, and eventually just classics, his next two struggled. It’s difficult to say why more people didn’t embrace those films, whether folk music isn’t the right sort of niche, screwy actors is somehow not niche enough, or they just didn’t get proper marketing. Whatever the case, Mascots has a lot going for it now that the 2003 and 2006 releases didn’t, or couldn’t, have.

Not only do some of the regulars (like Jane Lynch, and Jennifer Coolidge) have new popularity to bring to the effort, but we can add some new era comedy names to the group (like Zach Woods, and Chris O’Dowd).

Check out the trailer for this one, and do not miss it!


Mascots is a new comedy from Christopher Guest, director of Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. Starring many of his regular troupe of actors, this latest film takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy.

The Netflix original film stars Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, Zach Woods, Chris O’Dowd, Susan Yeagley, Sarah Baker, Tom Bennett, Kerry Godliman, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Hitchcock, Maria Blasucci, John Michael Higgins, and Jim Piddock. The film was written by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock and produced by Karen Murphy. Mascots will launch globally on Netflix on October 13, 2016.



Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.