‘Cook Off!’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Leads the ‘Best in Show’ of Cooking Competition Mockumentaries
We all love The Great British Bake-Off (or, as it’s referred to in the States, The Great British Baking Show), and considering the competition show’s massive popularity even amongst people who can’t boil water without catching something on fire, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came up with a mockumentary version. Enter Cook Off!
Melissa McCarthy leads a cast of misfits who all enter a million-dollar cooking competition… but they might not all have million-dollar ideas. The style puts one in mind of Christopher Guest’s Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, which both sent up two weird and wonderful American pastimes: dog shows and folk music.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Reality-show shenanigans mix with the true-life fiery-and-fierce world of competitive baking in the deliciously sly mockumentary COOK-OFF! As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a one million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot. Costarring a cast of improv geniuses including Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Gary Anthony Williams, and Sam Pancake, the zesty COOK-OFF! is an affectionate nod to ordinary Americans who believe they’re one dollop of spray cheese away from achieving their dreams.
Cook Off! is written and directed by Cathryn Michon, also stars Wendy McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Diedrich Bader, Gary Anthony Williams, Jennifer Cox, Louie Anderson, Ben Falcone and Phil LaMarr, and opens November 17.