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Christopher Guest (written by) &
Eugene Levy (written by)
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20 October 2000 (USA) See more »
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Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.
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A colorful array of characters competes at a national dog show. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jay Brazeau ... Dr. Chuck Nelken

Parker Posey ... Meg Swan

Michael Hitchcock ... Hamilton Swan

Catherine O'Hara ... Cookie Fleck

Eugene Levy ... 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

Stephen E. Miller ... Fishin' Hole Guy

Christopher Guest ... Harlan Pepper

Michael McKean ... Stefan Vanderhoof

John Michael Higgins ... Scott Donlan

Colin Cunningham ... New York Butcher
Jehshua Barnes ... Scott's Wild Date

Patrick Cranshaw ... Leslie Ward Cabot

Jennifer Coolidge ... Sherri Ann Cabot

Don Lake ... Graham Chissolm
Scott Williamson ... Winky's Party Guest

Deborah Theaker ... Winky's Party Guest

Rachael Harris ... Winky's Party Guest

Jane Lynch ... Christy Cummings

Fulvio Cecere ... Airport Passerby

Linda Kash ... Fay Berman

Larry Miller ... Max Berman

Ed Begley Jr. ... Hotel Manager
Cody Greg ... Zach Berman (as Cody Gregg)

Teryl Rothery ... Philly AM Host

Tony Alcantar ... Philly AM Chef

Camille Sullivan ... Philly AM Assistant
Dave Cameron ... Philly AM Host

Lynda Boyd ... Cabot Party Guest
Madeleine Kipling ... Cabot Party Guest
Merrilyn Gann ... Cabot Party Guest
Andrew Johnston ... Cabot Party Guest

Malcolm Stewart ... Malcolm
Jay-Lyn Green ... Leslie's Nurse

Fred Willard ... Buck Laughlin

Jim Piddock ... Trevor Beckwith
Earlene Luke ... Mayflower Hound Judge

Carmen Aguirre ... Taft Hotel Maid
Harold Pybus ... Mayflower Toy Judge

Hiro Kanagawa ... Pet Shop Owner
Cleo A. Laxton ... Mayflower Terrier Judge
Corrine Koslo ... Mayflower Sporting Judge

Andrew Wheeler ... Mayflower Ring Steward
Don Emslie ... Mayflower Non-Sporting Judge

Don S. Davis ... Mayflower Best in Show Judge

Steven M. Porter ... Bulge (as Steven Porter)
Melanie Angel ... 'American Bitch' Photo Editor

Doane Gregory ... Terry the Photographer
Can. Ch. Arokat's Echobar Take Me Dancing ... 'Beatrice' the Weimaraner
Can. Ch. Urchin's Bryllo ... 'Winky' the Norwich Terrier
Ch. Quiet Creek's Stand By Me ... 'Hubert' the Bloodhound
Can. Ch. Raptures Classic ... 'Miss Agnes' the Shih Tzu
Can. Ch. Symarun's Red Hot Kisses ... 'Tyrone' the Shih Tzu
Brocade Exclamation ... Rhapsody in White the Standard Poodle
Can. Ch. Exxel Dezi Duz It With Pizaz ... Rhapsody in White the Standard Poodle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Keating ... Jack (scenes deleted)

Peter Kelamis ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
Patrick Stark ... Beauty Salon Transvestite (scenes deleted)
Ian Alexander Martin ... V.I.P. (uncredited)
Steven Pollard ... Recording Engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Guest 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Christopher Guest (written by) &
Eugene Levy (written by)

Produced by
Gordon Mark .... executive producer
Karen Murphy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeffrey C.J. Vanston  (as Jeffery CJ Vanston)
 
Cinematography by
Roberto Schaefer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
 
Art Direction by
Gary Myers 
 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Patrick 
 
Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme 
 
Makeup Department
Anji Bemben .... key hair stylist
J. Alan Bloore .... orthodontics provider: Ms. Posey & Mr. Hitchcock (as J. Alan Bloore D.D.S. M.S.)
Rita Ciccozzi .... first assistant makeup artist
Judi Cooper-Sealy .... hair consultant: Los Angeles (as Judi Cooper-Seely)
Howard Klaiman .... prosthetic teeth creator: Eugene Levy (as Dr. Howard Klaiman)
Kandace Loewen .... hair stylist
Kate Shorter .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jim Behnke .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
Stewart Bethune .... unit production manager
Donna E. Bloom .... unit production manager: Los Angeles (as Donna Bloom)
Brian McNulty .... post-production supervisor
Tricia Miles .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stephen Buck .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Brent Crowell .... additional third assistant director
Jack Hardy .... first assistant director
Mindy Heslin .... second assistant director
David Hyman .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
John MacCarthy .... additional second assistant director
Lynda Mills .... dgc trainee
Walter W. Parry Jr. .... second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Walter Parry Jr.)
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director: Los Angeles (as Aldric Porter)
Phil Robinson .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Carie Wallis .... third assistant director
Patrick Stark .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Rob Boulet .... scenic artist
Nancy Anna Brown .... art department assistant (as Nancy Brown)
Thomas R. Cahill .... property master: Los Angeles
Aaron Coakwell .... scenic painter
Vance Conway .... scenic carpenter
Lawrence Crosthwaite .... set dresser
Jim Davie .... construction coordinator
Paul Duffy .... lead painter
Bill Dyson .... scenic carpenter
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre .... supervising set decorator
Colin Gillett .... scenic artist
Jean-Luc Grenier .... lead dresser
Jack Guppy .... scenic painter
Kelvin Humenny .... set designer
G. Andrew Hussey .... set dresser (as Andrew Hussey)
Dennis 'Bill' Kerney .... laborer
Jason B. Landels .... assistant property master
Sean Lavoie .... head painter
Catherine Leighton .... assistant property master
Philip Lunt .... head greensman (as Phillip P. Lunt)
Shannon McFarlane .... set dresser
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master
Roxanne Methot .... assistant art director
Hayley Mills-Lot .... props buyer (as Hayley Mills-Lott)
Marlow Pederson .... tool maintenance
Gil Peyronnenc .... set decorating buyer
Mark Rathgeber .... construction foreman
Dena Roth .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Michael Rouse .... on-set dresser
Christine Shaw .... set dresser
Martin Sigmund .... scenic carpenter
Russell Frederick Stewart .... scenic carpenter
Ray Watts .... lead hand
Jack Williams .... lead hand
Jeremy Young .... lead laborer
Nancy Anna Brown .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Nancy Anna Brown .... set designer (uncredited)
Marcus Endean .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Bold .... boom operator
Mark Coffey .... sound transfer
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator (as Lawrence Commans)
Ali Derakhshan .... sound assistant
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Alison Fisher .... adr editor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Hamilton Sterling .... supervising sound editor
John Joseph Thomas .... foley editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
Beau Shiminsky .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gord Davis .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Spiro Carras .... visual effects
Simon van de Lagemaat .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dave Alexander .... stunt coordinator (as David Alexander)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken W. Anderson .... lamp operator
Ray Boyle .... lamp operator
Dennis Brock .... gaffer (as Denis Brock)
Rick Drapkin .... first assistant camera
Harvey Fedor .... key grip
Rod Feldmeier .... generator operator
Wade Ferley .... camera operator: "b" camera
Doane Gregory .... still photographer
Stuart Haggerty .... best boy lighting
Rodrigue Hamilton .... lamp operator
Bud Lafaut .... playback operator: 24-frame
Randal W. Morton .... second assistant camera (as Randy Morton)
David Neveaux .... rigging grip
Clint Paglaro .... video assist
Charlie Schultz .... best boy grip
Stephen Taylor .... camera operator: Betacam
Matthew Tichenor .... camera loader
Matthew Tichenor .... second assistant camera
Scott Vere .... dolly grip
Gary J. Williams .... grip (as Gary Williams)
Mindy Bee .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Rick Davis .... additional key grip (uncredited)
Leyla Monique Guzman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Leyla Monique Guzman .... clapper loader: pick ups (uncredited)
Michael Herron .... digital video operator (uncredited)
Roberto Schaefer .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jill Anthony .... casting: Los Angeles
Sean Cossey .... casting assistant
Leigh French .... voice casting
Lori Marshall .... extras casting
Mel Russo .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Patrick Stark .... extras casting assistant
Rachael Taylor .... extras casting assistant
Lance Peverley .... extras wrangler (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Bernice .... costumer
Debbie Douglas .... assistant costume designer
Diana Patterson .... costume supervisor
Gail Vance .... costumer
Durinda Wood .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
 
Editorial Department
Spiro Carras .... additional editor
Andrew Dickler .... first assistant editor
Elliott Gamson .... negative conformer
Kurt Smith .... color timer
Mark Yoshikawa .... assistant editor
Richard Long .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Greg Bissonette .... musician: drums (as Gregg Bissonette)
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Bill Churchville .... musician: trumpet
David Cole .... music mixer
Jerry Goodman .... musician: violin
Adam Gubman .... assistant to composer
Christopher Guest .... musician: sitar (as Lord Haden-Guest)
Tom Halm .... music preparation
Tom Halm .... score project coordinator
Don Shelton .... musician: woodwinds
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet
Jeffrey C.J. Vanston .... musician: keyboards (as CJ Vanston)
Paul Vanston .... musician: cocktail piano
Anthony Wilson .... musician: guitar
 
Transportation Department
Jim Barley .... driver
Ron Blenkarn .... driver
Don Cox .... driver (as Donald T. Cox)
Fred Davies .... driver
Scott Delaplace .... driver
Bob Dennett .... transportation coordinator
Felix Fanzega .... driver
Allan Fenske .... driver
Jim Forrest .... driver
Gordon Glen .... driver
Ed Johnson .... driver
Brian J. Madore .... driver
Dave McDonald .... driver
Lee Moors .... driver
Mark Pawlitsky .... driver
Wayne Power .... driver
Derek Rama .... driver
Brett H. Smith .... driver
Terry Storey .... driver
Ted Wassenaar .... driver
Ross Wilkinson .... driver
Geoff Williams .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Michelle Almaz Tadege .... production coordinator (as M. Almaz Tadege)
David Auge .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Dave Auge)
Lori A. Balton .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Lori Bolton)
Robert Bauer .... production liaison: Los Angeles
Derrick Beckles .... clearance
Karin Behrenz .... production assistant (as Karin L. Behrenz)
Marina Black .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Chris Bradford .... security captain
Ken Brooker .... production assistant
Rich Brown .... payroll accountant
Val Burnley .... location manager: Los Angeles
Dany Canino .... technical advisor: animal, Los Angeles
Hanz Dayal .... production assistant (as Hans Dayal)
Jan Dennehy .... accountant
Mark Dumas .... animal wrangler
Jim Dunlap .... assistant accountant
Robin Edgar .... assistant chef
Daniel Eisenberg .... payroll accountant: Los Angeles
Gail M. Estrada .... craft service
Gail M. Estrada .... first aid
Julia Frittaion .... unit publicist
Carol J. Garvin .... dog show coordinator/consultant
Paul Giordano .... assistant location manager (as Paul D. Giordano)
Ann Goobie .... location manager
Pamela Louise Griner .... assistant: Mr. Guest and Ms. Murphy, Los Angeles (as Pamela Griner)
Nick Harman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Leann Harvey .... production assistant
Dave Hoodless .... accounting trainee
Ari Jacobs .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Nancy Kress .... extras craft service
Karmyn La Saw .... coordinator: B.C.S.P.C.A.
Shari LaFranchi Blakney .... production coordinator: Los Angeles (as Shari Lafranchi)
Susan Lawrence .... coordinator: U.S. Norwich Terrier, Los Angeles
Laura Livingstone .... assistant: Ms. Murphy
Earlene Luke .... technical advisor (as Earlene J. Luke)
Dan Mansfield .... production assistant (as Daniel Mansfield)
Charissa McLain .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Montez A. Monroe .... production coordinator: Los Angeles (as Montez Monroe)
Shawn Montgomery .... production assistant
Jena Niquidet .... second assistant coordinator
Bettina Tendler O'Mara .... product promotions coordinator (as Bettina O'Mara)
Connie Rusgen .... head trainer
Anne Scott .... post-production accountant: Los Angeles
Tim Selberg .... ventriloquist puppet creator: Selberg Studios
Chris Tarling .... production assistant (as Christopher Iain Tarling)
Nathan Tichenor .... production coordinator
Karen Tolson .... assistant: Mr. Guest (as Karin Tolson)
David Wallace .... production assistant
Jeremy Wise .... chef
Tracy Young .... script supervisor
Aiden Zanini .... production assistant
Mikayla Abromowitz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Marcus Ball .... production assistant (uncredited)
Claire Boyle .... extras wrangler (uncredited)
John Grant .... location scout: additional photography (uncredited)
Helen McGinn .... location script supervisor (uncredited)
Paulette Osorio .... publicity executive (uncredited)
Elaine Patarini .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Daniel Richardson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Ray Sorrells .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Anna Wong .... fitness poster girl (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lorianne Amadeo .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Sandra Anderson .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Aaron Andriash .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Brenda Anwyll .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Sharon Armstrong .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
J. Atkinson .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Randy Bach .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Joanne Baxter .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Lin Bijskeveld .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Len Boscoe .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Theresa Brereton .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Lori Brum .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Ted Brunner .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Amy Bryce .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Sandy Bryce .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Jeffrey Burmeister .... very special thanks
Spiro Carras .... special thanks
Mia Cronholm .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Shirley Culpin .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
David Davidson .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group (as David Davidson & Family)
Shirley Dear .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Judy Decker .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Herding Group
Claire Dirk .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Joanne Dixon .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Working Group
Tim Doxtater .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Katie Eldred .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Susan Fegan .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Angie Furtado .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Murray Gibson .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Irene Gillis .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Honey Glendinning .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Sue Goad .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Michael Goldman .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Gwen Hall .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Pete Hannam .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Matthew Hazelbrook .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Barbara Heal .... very special thanks
Kyle Heniger .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Beth Hilborn .... very special thanks
Gerda Hill .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Evelyn Jones .... very special thanks
Jill Koch .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Marilyn Koyanagi .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Ellen Krieder .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Susan LaCroix-Hamil .... very special thanks
Helen Lansdowne .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
John Lansdowne .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group (as John)
Estelle Laponder .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Jaime-Lee Larkman .... very special thanks
Cleo Laxton .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group (as Cleo)
Gwen Laxton .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting & Terrier Groups
Cynthia Lerfold .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Wendy Leversage .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Jan Lowe .... very special thanks (as Jan)
Roger Lowe .... very special thanks
Pat McAllister .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
G. McCallum .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Carman McKay .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Litha McPherson .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Arlene Miller .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Ainsley Mills .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Pattie Dawn Moon .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Debbie Moraes .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Irene Mordon .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Donna Morong .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group (as Donna Jacobsen)
Linda Moss .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Kristine Nielsen .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Fern Owen .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Leona Palylyk .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Rose Parker .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Kevin Patton .... very special thanks
Marlyn Peet .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Michelle Pinsker .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Tara Puchailo .... very special thanks
Chris Reynolds .... very special thanks
Amy Rodriguez .... very special thanks
P. Rycroft .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Dave Samis .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Connie Sanders .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Glenn Sergius .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Don Smiley .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Karen Smith .... very special thanks
Sharlene Speidel .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Lori Sternola .... very special thanks
Al Stiene .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Doug Stratton .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Ash Sugrive .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Non-Sporting Group
Carol Swan-Laing .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Toy Group
Cherri Thomson .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Mary Jo Toivola .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Lisa Tremblay .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Barry Truax .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Cathy Tweeddale .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
Melissa Umbach .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Barbara Ward .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Backstage
Suzanne Warrington .... very special thanks
Larisa Welsh .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Terrier Group
Maureen Whitter .... very special thanks
Laura Yamniuk .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Hound Group
Barbara Young .... very special thanks: Mayflower Dog Show, Sporting Group
 
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Also Known As:
"Dog Show!" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language and sex-related material
Runtime:
90 min
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Trivia:
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[an additional scene from the dvd, at Stefan's hair salon]
Stefan Vanderhoof:When I started here all there was was lampshade warehouses and leather bars, the serious leather bars where you wouldn't get in unless you had a rubber ball stuffed in your mouth, the wine list was tattooed on the bar tender's face. That kind of place. I remember one guy had a bicycle reflector sewn onto one nipple.
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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Sit, Stay, and Enjoy!, 23 June 2001
Author: budmassey (cyberbarrister@gmail.com) from Indianapolis, IN

You would almost have to have seen the dog show world first hand to understand all the delicious inside jokes, but even if the extent of your dog show experience is an occasional glimpse of the Westminster Dog Show telecast, you'll howl with laughter.

Conformation dog showing is a world of illusion in which everyone tries to make perfect dogs out of something less. Best in Show strips the illusion away in a brutal satire that undoubtedly had every dog person on the planet cringing in horror and delight. "Isn't that just like so-and-so?" and "I'm nothing like that!"

Christopher Guest may have topped his supreme masterpiece "Spinal Tap" with this signature mockumentary in which he skewers all of dogdom. You will recognize Fred Willard's vapid and obnoxious television host as none other than Joe what's his name from Westminster, and the tension between him and Trevor Beckwith (Jim Piddock) is a thinly veiled roman a clef of David and Joe at the Big Show.

There are a few gaffs, like the fact at all the dogs at the Show are supposed to be champions before entry, but that doesn't detract from the fun. John Michael Higgins, who steals the show as the uninhibited handler, and Michael McKean are hilarious as the gay couple going out of their way to be outre. Co-writer Eugene Levy (American Pie) is perfect as the husband finding out that his wife Catherine O'Hara might be Miss Congeniality of all time. I also loved Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock as the overwrought yuppie couple who project all their angst on their poor dog. Larry Miller turns in a great cameo as one of the countless men in O'Hara's past.

A lot of people didn't get this gem. To them I can only say Bad Dog, Bad Dog! For the rest of us, it's Sit, Stay, and Enjoy!

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