Best In Show

Coolidge, Jennifer

SKU: 883929266043

UPC 883929266043
Release Date 2013-02-19
Studio Warner Home Video
Discs 1
Length 90
Format (unknown)
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis 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....Reunites many of the same brilliant comic actors [from] WAITING FOR GUFFMAN....This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny little bits......The movie ends up belonging to Fred Willard's grrrreat comic turn as a woefully miscast sportscaster who applies overblown World Series/Super Bowl metaphors to participants on leashes...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....[When] Fred Willard shows up...[the film] bristles to vulgar, antic life....[Willard delivers] slingshot zest......A rare treat....A beautifully turned-out film of real pedigree......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...Waggish fun like this is too good to miss......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...
Cast Karen Murphy (Producer)
Bob Balaban (Star)
Jim Piddock (Star)
Catherine O'Hara (Star)
Patrick Cranshaw (Star)
Joseph T. Garrity (Production Designer)
Christopher Guest (Star)
Fred Willard (Star)
Eugene Levy (Screenwriter)
Don Lake (Star)
Eugene Levy (Music)
Michael McKean (Music)
Jane Lynch (Star)
Jennifer Coolidge (Star)
Michael Hitchcock (Star)
Michael McKean (Star)
Roberto Schaffer (Director of Photography)
Joseph T. Garrity (Costume Designer)
Robert Leighton (Editor)
Christopher Guest (Director)
Parker Posey (Star)
Christopher Guest (Screenwriter)
Eugene Levy (Star)
John Michael Higgins (Star)
Christopher Guest (Music)
Gary Myers (Art Director)
Gordon Mark (Executive Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Commentary by director/cowriter Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy Deleted scenes Theatrical trailer Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.40000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Comedy
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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