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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 15, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary: Christopher Guest - Director
- Featurette: K-9 CORNER
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Filmographies: Cast & Crew
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest, Michael Hitchcock, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge & Jane Lynch|
|Performer:||Fred Willard, Jim Piddock, Patrick Cranshaw, Don Lake & Bob Balaban|
|Directed by||Christopher Guest|
|Edited by||Robert Leighton|
|Music by||Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Eugene Levy|
|Screenwriting by||Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy|
|Art Direction by||Gary Myers|
|Produced by||Karen Murphy|
|Director of Photography:||Roberto Schaffer|
|Executive Production by||Gordon Mark|
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A wickedly funny mocumentary. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- 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
Rating: 3/5 -- Guest e sua trupe sempre conseguem divertir com seus mockumentaries, mas este longa, ainda que pontualmente brilhante, encontra-se entre os mais frágeis da filmografia atípica do cineasta.
Cinema em Cena
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Best in Show is essentially a well-organized, exquisitely nuanced skit comedy.
New York Times
...Unique....It's a joy to see a truly hilarious comedy that balances its laugh-ats with its laugh-withs... -- 5 out of 5 stars
...BEST IN SHOW has both bark and bite....Its low-key but sharp and amusing sense of humor is a nice fit with the frenetic world of competitive dog shows...
Los Angeles Times
The film-makers have hung their satire on a slender and oh so familiar conceit - that dog-show types project their ambitions and their vanities onto their mutts. Full Review
Christopher Guest brings his unique brand of lunacy to the screen with another mockumentary in the tradition of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. This one, BEST IN SHOW, is about purebred dog owners feverishly competing for their pets to be named Best in Show at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Using many of the same actors who starred in WAITING FOR GUFFMAN--a spoof on the society surrounding the stage--Guest peoples BEST IN SHOW with hilarious, frighteningly real characters played by Catherine O' Hara, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, and indie stalwart Parker Posey, among others. As the cutthroat competition heats up, the film becomes delightfully absurd. The contestants are hilarious. They include Gerry Fleck, a tacky suburbanite, and his overly popular wife, Cookie; Hamilton and Meg Swan, who are unbalanced, yuppie lawyers with terrible teeth; and Scott Donlan and Stefan Vanderhoof, flamboyant longtime companions who fiercely cheer on their canines while keeping their hearts set on the championship title. A reminder that people often bear an uncanny resemblance to their dogs, BEST IN SHOW takes a funny look at an even funnier business.
- Theatrical release: September 29, 2000
- Screenwriter and star Eugene Levy wrote the original terrier songs he and Catherine O'Hara sing in the film.
- Filmed on location in Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The dogs used in the show are actual purebred show dogs, and hundreds were auditioned.
- The Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show was based on the real-life Westminster Dog Show in New York. The entire show had to be created for the film, though, since none of the real dog shows would allow the crew to film.
- Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, who previously collaborated on THIS IS SPINAL TAP, wrote several musical numbers for the film.
- The film was only loosely scripted--most of the dialogue was improvised.
- Time, Rolling Stone, Matt Zoller Seitz of the New York Press, and the American Film Institute named BEST IN SHOW one of the 10 best films of 2000.
- The Boston Society of Film Critics named Fred Willard Best Supporting Actor of 2000.
- BEST IN SHOW was nominated for the following Golden Globe award: Best Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy.
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