Actor, comedian and director Christopher Guest has become the leading authority of mockumentaries, or mock documentaries. These are comedy films disguised as documentaries – usually on some type of absurd topic. And Christopher Guest returned with his latest mockumentary, this one on sports mascots, with a direct to Netflix release in October 2016. Simply titled Mascots, the latest mockumentary is the fifth one written and directed by Guest in the past 20 years. However, he is not the only person who has made some truly hilarious and memorable mockumentaries. Here are the 10 best mockumentaries of all time, in our humble opinion.
10. Real Life (1979)
Long before the proliferation of reality television shows, and before mockumentaries were well known, actor and comedian Albert Brooks made a name for himself with the inventive and subversive 1979 mockumentary called Real Life. This hilarious movie is a spoof of the overly sappy 1973 reality television program called An American Family. Brookes, who made his directorial debut with this mockumentary, plays a documentary filmmaker who attempts to live with, and film, a dysfunctional family for an entire year. Actor Charles Grodin plays the angry head of the family who allows a camera crew in to film his Arizona-based family. However when the film crew realizes that real life is actually pretty boring, they begin to go to great lengths to make things around the family more exciting – including setting the house on fire. Not only is this mockumentary seriously funny, but it foreshadows a lot of what we see on television today. Check it out.