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Best in Show (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 October 2000 (USA)
A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

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Dr. Chuck Nelken
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Fern City Show Spectator
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Fern City Show Spectator
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Fern City Show Judge
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Fishin' Hole Guy
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New York Butcher
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Storyline

The owners (and handlers) of five show dogs head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A film crew interviews them as they prepare for the trip, arrive at Philly's Taft Hotel, and compete. From Florida come the Flecks: she keeps running into old lovers. A wordless ancient in a wheelchair and his buxom trophy wife who may have a thing for the dog's handler own the two-time defending best in show, a poodle. From the piney woods of N.C. comes a fella who wants to be a ventriloquist. High-strung DINKs feud loudly in front of their Weimaraner. Two outré gay men from Tribeca round out the profiled owners. The dog show brings out the essence of the humans. Who will be best in show? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$413,436, 1 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,621,249, 29 April 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Real judges and professional handlers were used for most of the judges. The professional handlers also served as technical advisers for the actors in how to handle the dogs in the ring. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie there is a title that reads, "Six Months Later." However when the movie shows what happened to the Rhapsody in White characters one of them says "It's been a year." See more »

Quotes

Dr. Theodore W. Millbank III: And really, I think what we're talking about is standards, basically; very, very specific, rigid, you could say, but in this world where would we be without them, I think. And notice where we are.
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Lord Haden-Guest...Sitar (Lord Haden-Guest is Christopher Guest) See more »

Connections

Spoofs Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Mutt's Strut
Written by C.J. Vanston (as CJ Vanston)
Performed by the Martini Brothers
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A good fakeumentary
6 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Christopher Guest's Best of Show follows his great tradition of fake-documentaries which includes This is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman. This time, he takes a poke at dog shows, which is something no one has done before (I think). Here, he shows 5 different contenders (including himself which is one of the great parts of this film). Other contenders include Michael McKean, Michael Hitchcock, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, Parker Posey and in a exceptional effort as a man with 2 left feet, Eugene Levy (he also co-wrote the script with Guest). Often very funny, sometimes poignant, and like all of Guest's projects, never dissapointing, only liability might be that it isn't for all tastes (but hey, not everyone found 11 on a sound stsyem great either which seems odd). A-


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