It seems hard to believe that there exists a movie with Jason Mewes, Scottie Pippen, Gary Coleman and Ron Jeremy, but that’s just what competitive mockumentary Midgets vs. Mascots is. Self-billed as a cross between Jackass and Borat, director Ron Carlson’s movie pits five little people against five costumed mascots, battling for a $1 million payday in more than two dozen competitions, like drinking a gallon milk the fastest, alligator wrestling and seeing how few insults it takes to get punched in a bar.
And yes, as it sounds, Midgets vs. Mascots is pretty much an undiluted raunch-and-yuk-fest, designed to strike the basest chords of huh-huh amusement with the 18-34-year-old male demographic at which the film is… well, pitched is perhaps too active a word. Lobbed, let’s say. Or for whom the movie is set on a tee? In fact, accompanying press release material touts that in test screenings, the Midgets vs. Mascots‘ scores came back “20 percent higher than the average studio comedy,” and in head-to-head comparative testing it also bested what were deemed seven of 10 “relevant comedies,” including Jackass, Reno 911, Napoleon Dynamite, Bad Santa, Pineapple Express, Clerks and Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. Not sure about how that air-quote science necessarily holds up in real-world conditions, but with unsuspecting bystanders providing realistically baffled reactions when the contestants crash small-fry restaurants, bars and suburban neighborhoods during outrageous
competitions, this guerilla-style title is likely to at least find welcome reception amongst inebriated frat house party audiences, which I suppose says something about fulfilling its reason for being.
Housed in a regular plastic Amaray case, Midgets vs. Mascots comes to DVD presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an English language Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound audio track and optional English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus materials include a clutch of deleted scenes, character featurettes and previews for other First Look Studios straight-to-video titles. To purchase the DVD via Amazon, click here. D+ (Movie) C+ (Disc)