Top five mockumenterys
By Venessa Anthony Ceylon Today Features
If you’re ever looking for some cheap laughs at the expense of the world, then mockumentery are for you! A mockumentary or docucomedy is a type of movie or television show depicting fictional events but presented as a documentary. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself.
This is a film so funny, so breathtakingly offensive, so suicidally discourteous, that strictly speaking it shouldn’t be legal at all. Borat, a Kazakh resident, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, travels to the USA to make a documentary on the country. While on his mission, he learns that the USA is the same as his own country in many ways. The brilliance of Borat is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy. Despite the controversy, Sacha Baron Cohen won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the film’s screenplay was nominated for an Oscar.
This Is Spinal Tap
One of the original mockumentaries, and still widely considered the very best. This Is Spinal Tap is a historic movie that still seems original and hilarious even to this day. Starring Christopher Guest as one member of a dysfunctional heavy metal band called Spinal Tap, the movie was directed by Rob Reiner, who plays a documentary filmmaker following Spinal Tap on a U.S. tour. Co-starring Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, This Is Spinal Tap contains one classic scene after another. From the midgets dancing around a miniature Stonehenge to the scene where the band gets lost backstage at their own concert, to the uproarious scene where Christopher Guest explains to Rob Reiner how his guitar amplifiers go “all the way to 11” rather than 10. This Is Spinal Tap set the bar for what a truly great mockumentary should be.
Best in Show
If you’re a dog lover, that despises the cruel ways of dog shows, then this film is the one for you. This is a wickedly funny mocumentary written and directed by Christopher Guestthat makes fun of a Philadelphia dog show with every instrument in the satirist’s arsenal, from the skewer to the mallet. Built around the improvisational techniques of Second City, the movie is consistently just plain funny and sometimes ascends to a kind of crazed genius.
A classic of our generation. The film features a motley group of office workers go through hilarious misadventures at the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It features a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. This show is funny, its acted brilliantly, its over the top, totally crazy but totally entertaining. If your ever down just bung on a couple episodes from good old dunder miflin in scranton and you cant go wrong.
Waiting for Guffman
From Blaine’s bear-fighting founder to the town’s extraterrestrial connections, Waiting for Guffman is an enjoyably spoofy look at a small town and its oddball citizens. The movie doesn’t bludgeon you with gags. It proceeds with a certain comic relentlessness from setup to payoff, and its deliberation is part of the fun (as when it takes its time explaining the exact nature of the travel agent’s plastic surgery). Some of the better laughs are deadpan but the 1940’s themed musicals make the film worth watching.