mock·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌmä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce mockumentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē\
plural mockumentaries

Definition of mockumentary

: a facetious or satirical work (such as a film) presented in the style of a documentary

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For Your Consideration As with any Christopher Guest film, much of the dialogue and plot of this mockumentary is improvised by the cast. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 So says John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim Halpert on that wildly popular NBC mockumentary. Isaac Feldberg,, "John Krasinski indulges his parental paranoia in ‘A Quiet Place’," 29 Mar. 2018 With such a loose interpretation of what is and isn’t real, and a recent Netflix mockumentary about the adventure furthering that narrative, outrage and applause have followed. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "Damien Hirst’s Post-Venice, Post-Truth World," 13 Mar. 2018 The Chico El Luchador mini documentary is a mockumentary that accentuates the ridiculous but enjoyable nature of pro wrestling from the perspective of both the fans and the wrestlers. Justin Barrasso,, "Week in Wrestling: Luke Harper’s journey from the Wyatts to Hollywood; WrestleMania update," 9 Mar. 2018 The film will be screened as a double feature in approximately 100 movie theaters across the country with SOS to the Sailor, a mockumentary featuring Russia's legendary rock group Mumiy Troll. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "X JAPAN Documentary 'We Are X' Released in Russia," 31 Jan. 2018 Spinal Tap fans will love reliving various sketches from the mockumentary. John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday Gift Guide: For literary friends and family members give books," 17 Dec. 2017 But throughout the mockumentary, the directors take cameras to various cons across the world where people line up for days just to catch a glimpse of any Top Knot stars. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Top Knot Detective finds 2017 absurdity in ‘90s TV’s samurai crossover hits," 4 Nov. 2017 The actress headlines the mockumentary Cook Off! (in theaters Nov. 17), which aims to do for cooking competitions what Show did for eccentric dog owners and Waiting for Guffman did for small-town theater folks. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Watch Melissa McCarthy go crazy for baking competitions in first 'Cook Off!' trailer," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mockumentary

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mockumentary

blend of mock and documentary

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