If you’re one of the people who find documentaries boring, Hollywood has a genre for you to explore: mockumentaries. If you look at these films without any context, you might even be fooled into thinking that you are watching an actual documentary. But these mockumentaries feature actors who are playing the part, plus are being uproariously funny while doing so. Here are five of the best Hollywood mockumentary films ever:
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
One of the classics of the mockumentary genre, This is Spinal Tap is the story of one of England’s loudest bands. The film follows them on their American comeback tour and even features some brilliant songs. It remains one of the best mockumentary films to this day with its deadpan humor and memorable characters.
Best in Show (2000)
This Hollywood mockumentary featured many great American comedians and was also written by two of them – Eugene Levy and Christopher Guest. It follows the participants of a prestigious dog show and it gets ridiculous in every way that you can think of and will make you laugh a lot along the way.
Borat pretends to be a serious film right from its full name – Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It featured Sacha Baron Cohen in character as Borat Sagdiyev as he took actual interviews with Americans who didn’t realize he was not actually a real journalist. In this way, it even gets close to being a documentary.
What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
Even if you haven’t heard of this film, you would have heard of one of the directors – Taika Waititi. The Kiwi director lent his comedic genius to the mainstream audience with Thor: Ragnarok, but if you want to see his original comedic masterpiece – which was about vampires, no less – see this film.
Popstar: Never Stop Stopping (2016)
Before Andy Samberg was a cop on the hilarious television series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he was a part of a comedy group Lonely Island. The group was known for their funny songs. Who else could have been a better choice to make a mockumentary about a modern popstar? It even features cameos by real musicians, further blurring the line between reality and fiction.