DVD 90 mins IMDB 7.4 (14,159 votes)
PG-13
Best in Show
Warner Bros. (2000)
In Collection
#245

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Comedy
USA  /  English

Jay Brazeau Dr. Chuck Nelken
Parker Posey Meg Swan
Michael Hitchcock Hamilton Swan
Catherine O'Hara Cookie Guggelman Fleck
Eugene Levy Gerald 'Gerry' Fleck
Carrie Aizley Fern City Show Spectator
Lewis Arquette Fern City Show Spectator
Dany Canino Fern City Show Judge
Bob Balaban Dr. Theodore W. Millbank III
Will Sasso Fishin' Hole Guy
Jennifer Coolidge
Christopher Guest Harlan Pepper
John Michael Higgins Scott Donlan
Jane Lynch
Michael McKean Stefan Vanderhoof
Fred Willard
Stephen E. Miller Fishin' Hole Guy
Colin Cunningham New York Butcher

Director Christopher Guest
Producer Karen Murphy
Writer Christopher Guest; Eugene Levy
Cinematography Roberto Schaefer
Musician Christopher Guest; Eugene Levy; Michael McKean; Jeffrey C.J. Vanston; Paul Vanston
User Credit 1 Robert Leighton
User Credit 2 Monique Prudhomme

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

Edition Details
Barcode 085391895121
Region Region 1
Chapters 35
Release Date 2/10/2004
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
Deleted Scenes
Interactive Menus
Theatrical Trailer
Cast/ Filmmaker Profiles
Scene Access
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language and sex-related material.
User Text 2 Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.
Links IMDB
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Notes
Trivia: One of the Shih Tzus belonging to Scott and Stefan is named Tyrone. Tyrone is also the first name of the six-fingered Count Rugen, the character Christopher Guest played in The Princess Bride (1987). (more)

Goofs: Continuity: During the barbecue for Gerry and Cookie before heading to the Mayflower competition, the beer in the neighbor's glass (behind them as they discus the cream cheese plant) disappears drastically between shots without him taking a sip. (more)

Quotes: Meg Swan: No, that's a bear in a, in a bee costume. (more)

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations (more)