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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Willard's character Buck Laughlin was based on baseball legend Joe Garagiola, who had co-hosted the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in years past, to similar effect. See more »

Goofs

During the barbecue for Gerry and Cookie before heading to the Mayflower competition, the beer in the neighbor's glass (behind them as they discus the cream cheese plant) disappears drastically between shots without him taking a sip. See more »

Quotes

Hamilton Swan: I remember what I was drinking when I met you. It was a grande espresso.
Meg Swan: That's right. And I thought that was really sexy.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Yes, Dear: Worst in Show (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

March Of The Mayflower
Written by CJ Vanston
Performed by the Martini Brothers
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Total SCREAM!
2 July 2004 | by dirtychildSee 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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