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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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Was filmed on 16mm handheld cameras and blown up to 35mm for theaters. See more »

Goofs

When visiting Max Berman's house, there are shots of the dinner table which also show a wall with a couple of pictures hanging on it, on the left half of the screen. In one shot, there are two pictures placed close together. In a later shot, the pictures are far apart. See more »

Quotes

Buck Laughlin: I went to one of those obedience places once... it was all going well until they spilled hot candle wax on my private parts.
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Crazy Credits

Lord Haden-Guest...Sitar (Lord Haden-Guest is Christopher Guest) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Boston Legal: Breast in Show (2006) 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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hilarious
29 July 2002 | by sweet_loveSee all my reviews

It's not often that I laugh out loud at a movie, but this one made me several times. I fell in love with Parker Posey in this movie. I don't really know why since she's completely mean and pretty much unlikeable, but she's just so good. The "busy-bee" exchange with the guy in the pet shop makes me crack-up every time. And what can you say about Fred Willard and Eugene Levy...

It's a mockumentary about a dog show and a bunch of wacky dog owners. Don't expect to be moved in some epiphanatical (I might have just made up a word) way after watching this movie, but if you just let yourself get caught up in the absurdity, you'll probably have a few good laughs.


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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:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$413,436, 1 October 2000

Gross USA:

$18,715,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,789,556
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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