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Best in Show (2000)



Critic Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.

Movie Info

A "behind the scenes" look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog-shows through the eyes of a group of ruthless dog owners including: yuppies Hamilton and Meg Swan and their neurotic weimeraner "Beatrice"; mild-mannered menswear salesman Gerry and Cookie Fleck, whose Norwich terrier's registered name is "Champion Thank You Neil Sedaka"; fly-fishing shop owner Harlan Pepper and his beloved bloodhound "Hubert"; New Yorker Scott Donlon and his longtime hairdresser partner, Stefan Vanderhoof, who anticipate the crown for their pampered shih tzus "Miss Agnes" and "Tyrone"; and the champion poodle "Rhapsody in White" who might just snare the title for the third year running.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language and sex-related material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
Box Office: $16.6M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Bob Balaban
as Dr. Millbank
Jane Lynch
as Christy
Ed Begley Jr.
as Hotel Manager
Don Lake
as Graham Chissolm
Jay Brazeau
as Dr. Chuck Nelken
Linda Kash
as Fay Berman
Larry Miller
as Max Berman
Cody Greg
as Zach Berman
Carrie Aizley
as Fern City Show Spect...
Lewis Arquette
as Fern City Show Spect...
Dany Canino
as Fern City Show Judge
Will Sasso
as Fishin' Hole Guy
Stephen E. Miller
as Fishin' Hole Guy
Colin Cunningham
as New York Butcher
Teryl Rothery
as Philly AM Host
Tony Alcantar
as Philly AM Chef
Camille Sullivan
as Phlly AM Assistant
Dave Cameron
as Philly AM Host
Jay-Lyn Green
as Leslie's Nurse
Jehshua Barnes
as Scott's Wild Date
Earlene Luke
as Mayflower Hound Judg...
Harold Pybus
as Mayflower Toy Judge
Cleo A. Laxton
as Mayflower Terrier Ju...
Corrine Koslo
as Mayflower Sporting J...
Andrew Wheeler
as Mayflower Ring Stewa...
Don Emslie
as Mayflower Non-Sporti...
Don S. Davis
as Mayflower Best in Sh...
Melanie Angel
as `American Bitch' Pho...
Doane Gregory
as Terry the Photograph...
Hiro Kanagawa
as Pet Shop Owner
Scott Williamson
as Winky's Party Guest
Deborah Theaker
as Winky's Party Guest
Rachael Harris
as Winky's Party Guest
Fulvio Cecere
as Airport Passerby
Lynda Boyd
as Cabot Party Guest
Madeleine Kipling
as Cabot Party Guest
Merrilyn Gann
as Cabot Party Guest
Andrew Johnston
as Cabot Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Best in Show

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (35)'s always a pleasure to watch this ensemble of gifted talents do what they do best -- be spontaneous and funny and surprising. What we get is a master-class demonstration of the distinction between comic actors and comedians who try to act.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Top Critic

Best in Show is essentially a well-organized, exquisitely nuanced skit comedy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

The first 45 minutes are amusing enough, but the movie ascends to another level with the second-half introduction of Fred Willard as commentator Buck Laughlin.

Full Review… | February 23, 2013
Creative Loafing

Hilarious and offbeat, but humor is pretty grownup.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

The real pedigree doesn't even arrive until halfway through. Fred Willard's unforgettable dim-bulb commentator takes aim at TV's injection of "sports drama" into competitions where, quite simply, there is none. (Here's looking at you, Joe Garagiola.)

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

This fringe milieu is inhabited with all sorts of eccentric characters to wring laughs from.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

Audience Reviews for Best in Show

The most brilliant offering from Christopher Guest, with a fantastically versatile and talented troupe of improv performers. True genius at work in this film, at every level.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Christopher Guest directs this very funny mockumentary that is supported by a great cast of actors. Best in Show is one crazy film, and if you love these types of films then give it a shot. Best in Show takes a look at the competitive dog shows, and makes fun of it by showing how ridiculous some competitors get. This is a good film that is wonderfully directed and acted. Best in Show is a funny mockumentary and is one of Christopher Guest's best films. I enjoyed the film very much, and the cast delivered funny, quirky and crazy performances. Best in Show is one of the funniest mockumentaries in a while, and this is a must see for people who enjoy mockumentaries. Best in Show captures the craziness that surrounds competitive dog shows perfectly. Though at times, the film misses the mark, there is enough good things going on on-screen to make this watchable, and with the great cast that Christopher Guest has at hand, the film works well enough to be a memorable comedy. Best in Show has enough laughs to keep you interested and it delivers a new type of comedic film going experience. Sure the film is not perfect, but it's guaranteed to make you laugh. Best in Show is one of the funniest mockumentaries since this is Spinal Tap, and is very entertaining with this cast of crazy actors. A fun film that's worth watching, and is a must see for dog lovers as well.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Best in show is about a bunch of dog lover's journey to be the best in show. They come from all over the USA with a uinqe way to make their dog the best.
Who will become best in show?
Lacking acting
Lacking some plot
Really let you see what it like to be in a dog show.
Really good dogs.
Funny at times.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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