Mascots (2016 film)

Mascots is a 2016 mockumentary from Christopher Guest that premiered on Netflix on October 13, 2016,[1][2] featuring Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Zach Woods, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Hitchcock, Bob Balaban, and Jennifer Coolidge.

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Directed byChristopher Guest
Produced byKaren Murphy
Written by
StarringJane Lynch
Parker Posey
Christopher Guest
Fred Willard
Ed Begley Jr.
Christopher Moynihan
Don Lake
Zach Woods
Chris O'Dowd
Bob Balaban
Jennifer Coolidge
Michael Hitchcock
John Michael Higgins
Jim Piddock
Maria Blasucci
Music byJeffery C.J. Vanston
CinematographyKris Kachikis
Edited byAndrew Dickler
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • September 10, 2016 (2016-09-10) (TIFF)
  • October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

Guest has a small role as "Corky St. Clair", a role he first played in Waiting For Guffman. Posey, Willard, Lake, Balaban, and Hitchcock also appeared in Guffman, but play different roles in this film.


Several sports mascots compete for the World Mascot Association championship's Gold Fluffy Award.



Netflix announced on August 11, 2015 that it would be released on the streaming service in 2016.[3] It was reported on August 26, 2015 that previous Guest collaborators Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Balaban, and Chris O'Dowd were in negotiations to join the film.[4] It screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 49% based on 47 reviews and an average rating of 5.65/10.[6] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]


  1. ^ "Mascots - Date Announcement - Netflix". YouTube. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Calvario, Liz (August 2, 2016). "'Mascots' Teaser: First Look at Christopher Guest's New Netflix Comedy Film". Indiewire. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave. "Netflix Acquires Christopher Guest's 'Mascots' Mockumentary". Variety. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys. "Christopher Guest Gets (Most of) the Gang Back Together for Netflix's 'Mascots' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Toronto To Open With 'The Magnificent Seven'; 'La La Land', 'Deepwater Horizon' Among Galas & Presentations". Deadline. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Mascots (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Mascots". Metacritic. Retrieved November 11, 2016.

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