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Best in Show (2000)

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


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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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dog Show  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$413,436 (USA) (29 September 2000)


ESP 12,369,502 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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All the scenes featuring numerous dogs went remarkably smoothly. There is only one unscripted bark in the film, heard in the background as Christy and Sherri Ann argue over Christy's makeup backstage. See more »


When Meg Swan is in the pet shop trying to replace Beatrice's lost bumble bee toy, she picks up a yellow fish. At first the fish's tail is pointing towards the clerk. In the next shot, the fish's head is pointing towards the clerk. See more »


Buck Laughlin: [sees the trophy] I've taken a sponge bath in smaller bowls than that!
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2 July 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I just love this movie / mock-u-mentary! Best in Show is a "mockumentary" made by the same team who brought you the also brilliant "This Is Spinal Tap". It follows several contestants of the Mayflower Dog Show and their dogs. You have a sexually frustrated yuppie couple who met at "Starbucks from across the street", a couple of Gay queens with their Shihtzus, a working class couple with a wife who has had "hundreds of boyfriends", a redneck ventriloquist with his blood hound, and a "Anna Nicole Smith" trophy wife wannabe and her lesbian dog handler. This is just such a wacky bunch - it is a great ride. Some may find it a bit too slow - but I just loved all the subtle humour in it - you can definitely get repeat viewings out of this one! It is a total scream!!

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