FROM THE SIDELINES TO THE SPOTLIGHT.
Director Christopher Guest delivers another mockumentary, this time focusing on more or less ridiculous sports mascots who take their work very seriously and are now gathering for a national championship. Perhaps this visit to the well is one too many though. There are laughs and many of Guest’s veteran cast are awkwardly amusing; my favorites are Zach Woods and Sarah Baker, trapped in a passive-aggressive marriage. But on the whole, Guest offers nothing new and it’s an uneven story.
2016-U.S. 89 min. Color. Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Jane Lynch (Gabby Monkhouse), Parker Posey (Cindi Babineaux), Christopher Guest (Corky St. Clair), Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan… Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge. Voice of Harry Shearer.
Trivia: First shown at the Toronto film festival, then released on Netflix. Guest previously played his character in Waiting for Guffman (1997).