Best In Show

Best In Show

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Cast: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins

     
 

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After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary Waiting for Guffman, actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, andSee more details below

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After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary Waiting for Guffman, actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Salesman Gerry Fleck (Eugene Levy), who is cursed with two left feet (literally), and his wife Cookie (Catherine O'Hara) have entered their Norwich terrier "Winky" in competition. Wealthy and neurotic Meg Swan (Parker Posey) and her husband Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock) are on hand with their Weimaraner "Beatrice," who they fear may have been traumatized by watching them have sex. Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins) and his life partner Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean) have brought their beloved Shih Tzu, "Miss Agnes." Trophy wife Sherri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) and her close friend and trainer Christy Cummings (Jane Lynch) are hoping for a repeat victory for Sheri's poodle, "Rhapsody In White." And Harlan Pepper (Guest), who operates a store specializing in fly-fishing gear, has decided to stack his bloodhound "Hubert" up against the competition. In addition to Guest, Levy, O'Hara, and Posey, several other veterans of the Waiting for Guffman cast also appear in Best in Show, including Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Lewis Arquette.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One-time star and co-writer of the greatest mockumentary of all, This Is Spinal Tap (1983), actor and director Christopher Guest creates this wickedly funny and intelligent character comedy with a cast of sublimely talented improvisational performers. Following up his well-received Waiting for Guffman (1996), Guest returns to the well of the little-used faux-documentary genre with splendid results, creating a comedy that is, if anything, even tighter, more focused, and funnier than his previous effort. It's interesting to note that, while many directors attempt to make improvisational-style films, those who succeed are almost always former writers such as Guest and James Toback. An improvised film is typically one wherein plot is sacrificed at the altar of character, and so rises and falls on the success of its performances. Best in Show is no exception to this rule, and the film's quality is a testament to actors typically cast in character parts finally getting a chance to shine at center stage, such as Michael McKean, co-writer Eugene Levy, and the seemingly ubiquitous independent film star Parker Posey. Best in Show was a sizable box-office hit in limited release and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
"Best in Show" reunites many of the same brilliant comic actors who appeared in Mr. Guest's last movie, the cult comedy classic "Waiting for Guffman." .... As before, the actors improvising from a bare-bones screenplay (by Mr. Guest and Eugene Levy) riff off one another like jazz musicians to create what may be the cleverest on-the-spot caricatures since the heyday of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. ...The movie's weaknesses are inextricable from its form. For "Best in Show" is essentially a well-organized, exquisitely nuanced skit comedy, "Saturday Night Live"-style sketches loosely stitched together and refined to the nth degree. Although the movie pretends to have narrative structure, it doesn't really go much of anywhere. It is futile to look for deeper patterns in this kind of storytelling. The whole point is to savor the moments. This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny little bits.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
UPC:
0085391895138
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video

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Performance Credits
Eugene Levy Gerry Fleck
Catherine O'Hara Cookie Fleck
Christopher Guest Harlan Pepper
John Michael Higgins Scott Donlon
Michael McKean Stefan Vanderhoof
Michael Hitchcock Hamilton Swan
Parker Posey Meg Swan
Jennifer Coolidge Sheri Ann Cabot,Sherri Ann Cabot
Jane Lynch Christy Cummings
Fred Willard Buck Laughlin
Bob Balaban Dr. Theodore W. Milbank III
Patrick Cranshaw Sherri's Husband
Don Lake Pageant manager
Ed Begley Hotel manager
Larry Miller Cookie's former boyfriend
Lewis Arquette Fern City Show Spectator
Will Sasso Fishin' Hole Guy
Carrie Aizley Fern City Show Spectator

Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director,Screenwriter
Stuart Aikins Casting
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Gary Myers Art Director
Jack Hardy Asst. Director
Robert Leighton Editor
Eugene Levy Screenwriter
Gordon Mark Executive Producer
Karen Murphy Producer
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer
Jeffery Vanston Score Composer
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer

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