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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Goofy Christopher Guest faux docu has sex, bawdy language.

Movie NR 2016 89 minutes
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In the tradition of some of Christopher Guest's most hilarious productions, a company of off-the-wall human hopefuls vies for glory in this hit-and-miss but imaginative effort. This long-awaited new entry in the Guest faux-documentary collection, with some talented newcomers joining the troupe, may be disappointing simply because the formula is now so familiar. Earlier movies were singular, groundbreaking, and unexpected. Nothing prepared audiences for the lunacy of Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show, among others. The new cast members are agile (Zach Woods, Tom Bennett, and Sarah Baker are standouts), and the old reliables are in fine form; the mascot world is prime for spoofing. Still this movie relies more on sexual humor and bawdy language than films past. That may be a clue that the team is working extra hard to maintain its high standards of absurd yet recognizable human frailties. It's enjoyable but falls short of Guest's usual greatness. Due to the sexual nature of the humor and the language, it's suitable for mature teens only.

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