If you are looking for an excellent film, with a strong plot, and great acting, then you had better think twice about watching Midgets vs Mascots. However, if you are looking for a raunchy, slap-stick, low-budget, crude comedy, that you and your guys can enjoy, then look no further!
Midgets vs Mascots is just one of those films that isn’t for everyone. I could see how it could easily offend many people, and there are times it is just plain disgusting. It has received several negative reviews since it’s release in 2009, but I personally loved the film. As soon as I saw the title of the film, I knew I was going to love it!
The film is best described as a low-budget Borat meets Jackass. There are several scenes in which it is obvious that the crowd is not in on the mischief (one of which being on the proper slang term for black people). However, due to the low-budgetness, there are also several scenes that are clearly doctored to look more shocking than they really are. But it’s OK, they make up for it with the slapstick, and crude, off-color jokes.
I am not going to give away much about the title here, as this is one of those films that the surprise is part of the enjoyment. The film is basically a competition against 5 midgets, and 5 mascots, each of which will win $1,000,000 if there team is the winner. The contest is being held to decide the fate of the inheritance of “Big Red,” a porn director that started his career as a mascot, and just so happened to be a little person. He came up with the idea for the contest to prove a point to his normal-sized son, and his gold-digger wife.
In my opinion the most entertaining part of the film was the interactions of the two groups of characters, with themselves, and with the other group. Just the mascots alone were enough to make you laugh. There was the Bunny, a talking Taco, Spartan Man, the Gator, and my favorite character in the entire film, the Sheriff. The sheriff doesn’t speak, or even take off his head until the end of the film, but his role is the most entertaining, and hilarious. It really brought it all together when you find out who it is (I just can’t spoil it).
The midgets consisted of a redneck kleptomaniac, a flaming homosexual, a swinger, a normal female (as normal as she can be), and none other than Gary Coleman. Yeah, that’s right, Gary Coleman. There is even a scene in which Gary Coleman attacks Scottie Pippen with a motel phone, and yes, the real Scottie Pippen.
Midgets vs Mascots Gary Coleman Controversey
But not all has been fun and games with Midgets vs Mascots. Apparently, Gary Coleman was a bit upset with the film, for a full-frontal nudity scene involving none-other than Gary Coleman. Coleman was so shook up over the incident that after being questioned on the subject, he went into a seizure. After he was released from the hospital, he announced he would be getting a lawyer to get the scene removed.
Here is what the producers had to say:
“With regards to Gary Coleman’s displeasure with a scene in the film in which he briefly shows full frontal nudity,” the producers said in a prepared statement, “the producers of the film have multiple contracts — signed by Gary — which give the filmmakers full rights and permissions to shoot any and all footage, including nudity, during the making of the film. Therefore, we have no plans to remove that particular scene from the film. We met with Gary this morning and he is aware of our decision.“
After the producers released their statement, Coleman was quick to announce that it was a body double, and not his own member featured in the film. Personally I don’t know what he is so upset about, I would be proud if that were mine.
Pippen was none to happy with the producers either. He was supposedly tricked into one of the scenes (Punkd style) in which he was attacked by midgets, and hit in the head with a phone by Gary Coleman (Twice). Pippen has made an announcement regarding the scene, which you can read here.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the film. However, it is not for everyone. If you enjoyed other films such as Borat or Jackass, and you are not easily offended, or disgusted, then I recommend Midgets vs Mascots. Just go into the film with an open mind, and don’t expect any award winning performances. But honestly, you should be able to tell just from the title, and cover if you will enjoy the film or not.