Best in Show (2000) USA
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Director:Christopher Guest
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Gordon Mark, Karen Murphy
Writer:Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary by director/ co-star Christopher Guest, Unknown
Subtitles:English, French
Christopher Guest  ...  (Director)
Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy  ...  (Writer)
Carrie Aizley  ...  Fern City Show Spectator
Lewis Arquette  ...  Fern City Show Spectator
Bob Balaban  ...  Dr. Theodore W. Millbank III
Jehshua Barnes  ...  
Jay Brazeau  ...  Dr. Chuck Nelken
Dany Canino  ...  Fern City Show Judge
Jennifer Coolidge  ...  
Patrick Cranshaw  ...  
Colin Cunningham  ...  New York Butcher
John Michael Higgins  ...  Scott Donlan
Michael Hitchcock  ...  Hamilton Swan
Don Lake  ...  
Eugene Levy  ...  Gerald 'Gerry' Fleck
Michael McKean  ...  Stefan Vanderhoof
Stephen E. Miller  ...  Fishin' Hole Guy
Catherine O'Hara  ...  Cookie Guggelman Fleck
Parker Posey  ...  Meg Swan
Will Sasso  ...  Fishin' Hole Guy
Scott Williamson  ...  
Christopher Guest  ...  Harlan Pepper
Fred Willard  ...  
Jane Lynch  ...  
Roberto Schaefer  ...  Cinematographer
Robert Leighton  ...  Editor
Comments: Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.

Summary: Christopher Guest, the man behind Waiting for Guffman, turns his comic eye on another little world that takes itself a bit too seriously: the world of competitive dog shows. Best in Show follows a clutch of dog owners as they prepare and preen their dogs to win a national competition. They include the yuppie pair (Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock) who fear they've traumatized their Weimaraner by having sex in front of him; a suburban husband and wife (Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara) with a terrier and a long history of previous lovers on the wife's part; the Southern owner of a bloodhound (Guest himself) with aspirations as a ventriloquist; and many more. Following the same "mockumentary" format of Spinal Tap and Guffman, Best in Show takes in some of the dog show officials, the manager of a nearby hotel that allows dogs to stay there, and the commentators of the competition (a particularly knockout comic turn by Fred Willard as an oafish announcer). The movie manages to paint an affectionate portrait of its quirky characters without ever losing sight of the ridiculousness of their obsessive world. Almost all of the scenes were created through improvisation. While lacking the overall focus of a written script, Best in Show captures hilarious and absurd aspects of human behavior that could never be written down. The movie's success is a testament to both the talent of the actors and Guest's discerning eye. --Bret Fetzer