Best in Show PG-13

Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.
Best in Show
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 15, 2001
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Christopher Guest - Director
    • Featurette: K-9 CORNER
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. TV Spots
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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

Total Count: 112


User Ratings: 56,394
The dogs may be cute, but it's the people who steal the show.
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A wickedly funny mocumentary. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3/4 -- This is one rare occasion when we can be glad that the film industry is going to the dogs. Full Review
Jan 1, 2000
...A rare treat....A beautifully turned-out film of real pedigree...
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 2001
Guest seems to know just how far he can stretch reality without losing the crucial texture of verisimilitude. This is a comedy even cat lovers might adore. Full Review
Mar 6, 2018
...BEST IN SHOW has both bark and bite....Its low-key but sharp and amusing sense of humor is a nice fit with the frenetic world of competitive dog shows...
Los Angeles Times
Sep 27, 2000
...[When] Fred Willard shows up...[the film] bristles to vulgar, antic life....[Willard delivers] slingshot zest...
Entertainment Weekly
Oct 6, 2000

Product Description:

Christopher Guest brings his unique brand of lunacy to the screen with another mockumentary in the tradition of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. This one, BEST IN SHOW, is about purebred dog owners feverishly competing for their pets to be named Best in Show at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Using many of the same actors who starred in WAITING FOR GUFFMAN--a spoof on the society surrounding the stage--Guest peoples BEST IN SHOW with hilarious, frighteningly real characters played by Catherine O' Hara, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, and indie stalwart Parker Posey, among others. As the cutthroat competition heats up, the film becomes delightfully absurd. The contestants are hilarious. They include Gerry Fleck, a tacky suburbanite, and his overly popular wife, Cookie; Hamilton and Meg Swan, who are unbalanced, yuppie lawyers with terrible teeth; and Scott Donlan and Stefan Vanderhoof, flamboyant longtime companions who fiercely cheer on their canines while keeping their hearts set on the championship title. A reminder that people often bear an uncanny resemblance to their dogs, BEST IN SHOW takes a funny look at an even funnier business.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: September 29, 2000
  • Screenwriter and star Eugene Levy wrote the original terrier songs he and Catherine O'Hara sing in the film.
  • Filmed on location in Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
    The dogs used in the show are actual purebred show dogs, and hundreds were auditioned.
  • The Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show was based on the real-life Westminster Dog Show in New York. The entire show had to be created for the film, though, since none of the real dog shows would allow the crew to film.
  • Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, who previously collaborated on THIS IS SPINAL TAP, wrote several musical numbers for the film.
  • The film was only loosely scripted--most of the dialogue was improvised.
  • Time, Rolling Stone, Matt Zoller Seitz of the New York Press, and the American Film Institute named BEST IN SHOW one of the 10 best films of 2000.
  • The Boston Society of Film Critics named Fred Willard Best Supporting Actor of 2000.
  • BEST IN SHOW was nominated for the following Golden Globe award: Best Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy.

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  • Sales Rank: 40,946
  • UPC: 085391895121
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