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Best in Show (2000)

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

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Christopher Guest
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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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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Official Sites:

Castle Rock

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Show See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the film was improvised. The narrative outline was only 16 pages long. See more »

Goofs

At the party for Winky in Fern City, FL, Gerry says they have "to drive 140 miles out of our way" to visit her old flame, who lives in Akron, OH. Akron OH is almost 350 miles from Philadelphia PA, so it should be more like 700 miles total. See more »

Quotes

Buck Laughlin: Tell me, do you know the difference between a rectal thermometer and a tongue depressor?
Nurse: Uh, no.
Buck Laughlin: Remind me never to come to you for a physical!
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Crazy Credits

The filmmakers wish to thank the dog owners, handlers, veterinarians and experts who shared with us their enthusiasm and unselfishly dedicated their time and energy to this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in TruInside: Groundlings (2016) See more »

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God Loves A Terrier
Written by Eugene Levy
Performed by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara
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Just great!
17 December 2005 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

You know, this movie reminded me so much of so many people I know, I think that's the reason why I loved this movie so much. I was just on the floor laughing because this had such a serious and document feel to it, but the dialog is so hilarious, that you can't help but have a good time. Basically the movie is about these crazed dog owners who are competing in a big dog show to see who is the best of the best. Whlie it seems like it should be the dogs who take this competition seriously, it turns out the owners are just as insane. Megan, one of the dog owners, goes almost serial psycho killer on the hotel manager because she cannot find the special bee squeaky toy for her dog.

There is another couple that is just great, Gerry and Cookie, this complete nerd and attractive woman that are just so lovable. In the beginning of the movie, Gerry describes how many boyfriends Cookie had. Throughout the movie, her "lovers" see her and hit on her even in front of Gerry! It was just great and fun to watch Gerry's looks. This whole movie is just a hoot, and you can't stop with the recognizable faces that keep popping up. It's a great movie is just fun to watch, I'd highly recommend it! Now, I have to find a nice way of showing this to my friends who are like these couples to see the mirror image of themselves. :D

8/10


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