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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Report Card: "Mascots"

The DVDs are not coming as fast as I'd like them to, so I'm exploring Netflix to do Report Cards.
"Mascots" is  another Chris Guest bashing of bad show business in the tradition of "Best In Show"
"A Mighty Wind"and "Waiting For Guffman" 
I loved those.
Whatever you felt about those, you'll probably feel about "Mascots"

On to the scoring:

Is it entertaining?

Almost always.

Is it controversial?

Not really.

Is it a story worth telling?

It sure is imaginative.  I don't know if there really is a Mascots competition, but if there is, they really captured the best of what it would be like, while satirizing it at the same time.

Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast?  Well played?

The usual Chris Guest stock company is on hand: Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley, Chris Guest himself, Fred Willard, and a whole bunch of other wonderfully cast people.

Well shot?


Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It smells like every Chris Guest movie.  I mean that in a good way.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

Just about right.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Guest makes it believable.  And he makes you care about these pathetic creatures.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I didn't see anything coming, and there are many surprises.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about how I felt I had already seen this movie with "Guffman" "A Mighty Wind", and "Best In Show".
It is rather formulaic.  But he's found a very good formula.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not really.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A-.

Glad I saw it, but felt like it was nothing new.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."