Year of Release: 2000
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny bits."
-Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Si-i-i-t. Sta-a-a-a-a-y. Laugh! Best In Show is "the year's funniest movie" (Lou Lumenick, New York Post). Waiting For Guffman filmmaker Christopher Guest directs and many of that film's stars reunite for this zany look at dog show participants (and the pooches who love them). The show is the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show and, as the event's loopy commentator (Fred Willard) might say, it's the cat's meow of dog shows.
Join the fun as canine owners - a fly-fishing show owner from Pine Nut, NC (Guest), Shih Tzu-doting partners (Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins), squabbling yuppies (Parker Posie and Michael Hitchcock), a dim-bulb trophy wife (Jennifer Coolidge) and her ace handler (Jane Lynch) and a married couple (Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara) who dream up little ditties about terriers - vie for the top prize. It's howlarious!
A very truthful "mockumentary" about the insanity that is dog shows, dog show people, and dog breeders. Funny, but I've dealt with too many people who are actually like those portrayed in this film to be able to laugh at it as much as I ought to.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)