A Baker’s Dozen of Very Funny Mockumentaries

There are real documentaries that can inform you about the world and topics you never hear in-depth before. But there are mockumentaries that don’t follow that same logic. There made up stories in the style of a documentary parodying the style and offering a different way to tell a story this time a funny story.

FUBAR (2002)

A mockumentary about the loyalty of these Canadian heavy metal headbangers about music and binge drinking beer. The film follows the two Albertans in daily tasks, their take on personal issues and the party. These film came out six-year after a similar movie called Hard Core Logo but instead of it being about a fictional punk band, it’s a parody of heavy metal documentaries about heavy metal music fans.

Trailer to FUBAR

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

A seeded underbelly of the world of beauty pageantry in a ficitional small town of Mount Rose, Minnesota. An ordinary pageant show turns into a backstabbing, very competitive to win Ms. Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess.

Trailer to Drop Dead Gorgeous

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood, Burn (1998)

Alan Smithee is the fiction name film people, usually directors, to use to replace their names on projects they don’t want any associations with. This is a fictional documentary about Alan Smithee. After directing a film that was re-cut to be a piece of garbage by studio executives, a director with the same unfortunate name runs away with the movie in hand. This film is bad. It won five Razzies even the worst picture of 1998. Maybe awful but is it irony?

Trailer to An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

Real Life (1979)

A mockumentary about the average American family. A camera crew follows a family in Yeagers, Arizona documenting their every move. This was one of Albert Brooks’ first self directed films.

Trailer to Real Life

The Rutles (1978)

This mockumentary also known as All You Need Is Cash is about a parody group of The Beatles. People talk about the group as if they were the Beatles in this bigger than jesus way. Some mock interviews with the biggest rock stars in the industry from the 70’s and an appearance from George Harrison.

Trailer to The Rutles

The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)

Two late-twenty/early-thirty somethings start dating and have a very ordinary relationship after meeting in a nightclub. What makes it a mockumentary is that it’s narrated by an alien in an omniscient National Geographic style with vignettes and discussions of human dating rituals by David Hyde Pierce.

Screenshot of The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human with the pair on a date.

Waiting for Guffman (1996)

A small-town community centre documents their journey to put on a music theatre. It’s weird but it funny and all the characters are over the top especially when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in the audience.

Screenshot of Waiting for Guffman at rehearsal.

The Shmenges: The Last Polka (1985)

This Second City mockumentary production is about two polka playing brothers from the fictional country of Leutonia performing their last concert. It’s a parody of The Band’s Last Waltz with narration and discussions of their long career. It was originally a made-for-tv movie that can now be found online.

Screenshot of the Shmenges at a backyard BBQ.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

A quest to travel to America and study American culture has Borat, a host of the fictional television series. This was a sketch turned movie from the early 2000s show Ali G. This film can be offensive to some people by how brash it is.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

An imitation documentary about the daily life or afterlife of vampire roommates. It spawned a similar comedy series of the same name. Three vampires with one vampire hiding in the background give a film crew a tour into their lives. It’s really funny but great for an early Halloween late-night movie.

Trailer of What We Do In The Shadows

Bob Roberts (1992)

A satirical mockumentary of the political campaign for presidency. It takes on politicians rhetoric, economic viewpoints and media influence. The main character is a conservative businessman republican running for president with loud speeches, folk songs and pop culture references.

Trailer of Bob Roberts

The Gods Must be Crazy (1980)

A quest to dispose of an empty glass bottle at the “edge of the world” after falling from the sky assuming it was a gift from the Gods and a curse among their men. The narrative of the film follows a bush farmer in a Kalahari Desert tribe ways of survival, hunting and travel with this mock National Geographic narrative style movie.

Trailer of The Gods Must Be Crazy

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Christopher Guest’s best mockumentary about rock-and-roll lifestyle through the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. A lot of people’s go-to mockumentary comedies that people like to quote from.

Trailer of This is Spinal Tap

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