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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Chuck Nelken
... Meg Swan
... Hamilton Swan
... Cookie Fleck
... Gerry Fleck
... Fern City Show Spectator
... Fern City Show Spectator
Dany Canino ... Fern City Show Judge
... Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III
... Fishin' Hole Guy
... Fishin' Hole Guy
... Harlan Pepper
... Stefan Vanderhoof
... Scott Donlan
... New York Butcher
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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.

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

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Castle Rock

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Dog Show  »

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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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Trivia

No actual dog show would allow them to film on site, so the filmmakers had to create their own. See more »

Goofs

When Sherri Ann appears on the AM television show, she has a cup of coffee. When the camera cuts back to her, she is no longer holding it. See more »

Quotes

[trying to coerce his son to get down from jumping off the roof]
Max Berman: I'll gouge your right eye out with my thumb, I shit you not, you little freak! Now, will you get down here? I'm gonna punch you in the eye till it turns to jelly! I'll stab you with forks till you bleed, how bout that?
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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 »

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Referenced in TMZ on TV: Episode dated 4 October 2014 (2014) See more »

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Terrier Style
Written by Eugene Levy
Performed by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara
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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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