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Best in Show [Blu-ray]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars CHARMING MOCKUMENTARY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A PET April 24 2004
Format:DVD
The brilliance of this fake documentary (about people who enter their dogs in the biggest dogshow of the year) lies not in racy slapstick or memorable one-liners, but in sophisticated and layered verbal wit.
Not only are pet owners, competitions, and manners satirized, but also the format of the documentary itself. Despite their antics, you wind up sympathizing with them to some extent, with the exception of the yuppie couple and the announcer. With the exception of the announcer (who is crude and ludicrous by turns) you can believe that all of these kooky characters really exist, especially if you watch enough real documentaries.
Neat piece of work overall, although some moments are more interesting than others. I'd give it a 3.5 rating if I could.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the funniest of the mockumentaries June 13 2004
Format:DVD
This is a fast moving and funny movie that's a truly great comedy, worthy enough to stand alongside This is Spinal Tap.
This one has everything. Conflict-who will win the dog show? Humor, and lots of it. Fred Willard again proves he needs his own TV show (nay, his own channel) as a dog-show commentator so obliviously stupid he's lovable. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are perfect as your typical, middle-class east-coast family; Eugene's plays somewhat of a "loser", Catherine's great as the promiscuous wife. Jennifer Coolidge is pretty funny as the "glamorous" lesbian who can be aggressive in subtly funny ways.
The best thing about this movie is that it's truly humorous with truly funny actors. These people aren't puppets for lame sex jokes (well, not counting both gay couples) they're funny because they (as in the talented actors, the whole lot of 'em) inherit their characters and give them a life of their own. I mean, I bet that Eugene Levy came up with his character's two left feet on the spot because he knew he had to make a somewhat pathetic character even more pathetic. There's an absolutely pointless scene where Guest's character, a southerner/hunter/ventriloquist, talks to the camera about how he used to stay up all night naming nuts. It's funny though, because it makes no sense but somehow falls in line with the character.
This is a great comedy that makes few cheap shots but is consistently funny through and through.
The DVD has a pretty entertaining commentary with Guest and Levy, and some funny deleted scenes (look for the one where Hamilton tells Posey about "a saying my father used to say"). Those extras are enough for this disc though, and the price is great. Buy this inspired and funny comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent!!!!!! April 5 2004
Format:DVD
Since seeing "Waiting for Guffman" and missing a major portion of the Second City Comedy Troupe, i.e., Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, I have enjoyed Christorpher Guest and his troupe of actors attack certain American institutions via the "mockumentary" format.
'Best In Show: is hands down the very best of Mr. Guests's mockumentaries to date. When you consider that the majority of the film is improvisational, with the characters given a basic structure from which to work and then allowed to "go where their creativity takes them" you get a real appreciation of just what a good ensemble cast can capture/create.
This particular outing takes on the world of dog shows and follows the exploits of various dog owners to the Best In Show finals. It is a stitch! There is something here for everybody. Of course the standout is Fred Willard as an obnoxious commentator who really deserved winning the Oscar for supporting actor for which he was nominated. The character study of each dog owner of course sheds infinite light into why they are so obsessed with their dog receiving the top award.
The improvisation is top-notch but I would expect nothing less. Catherine O'Hara is generally flawless and here she does not disappoint. She is in RARE form! She and Eugene Levy play off each other quite well. Other cast members that I have seen in "Waiting for Guffman" as well as "A Mighty Wind" continue to be consistently creative and funny and I welcome their efforts. While "Waiting for Guffman" and "A Mighty Wind" pale in comparison, they too reveal flashes of the genius of Mr. Guest and company.
A must for your DVD collection and it gets funnier each time you watch. Just don't watch with serious dog owners or they may be somehwat insulted becasue Best In Show while empathizing with its subject matter, does not take it as seriously as some obviously do!
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I already knew going in that I like folk music a lot more than dog shows, anniversary pageants, or heavy metal music, which explains why "A Mighty Wind" remains my favorite of the Christopher Guest mockumentaries, but "Best in Show" certainly has its moments. Dog shows are a great target for satirical skewering simply because you do not have to go too far to accomplish the task since the dogs we see posing and prancing are not like the dogs the rest of us know in the real world. But the dogs are the innocents in this tale, even if they are exposed to the sight of their masters making love. It is the owners who are invited to humiliate themselves simply by being themselves.
The focus point of "Best in Show" is the Mayflower Kennel Club's dog show in the city of Brotherly Love. The script is by Guest and Eugene Levy, but the idea of a scripted film is a misnomer since what is really at play are the improvisational techniques of Second City more than the crafted skits of Saturday Night Live. In the grand plan of such mockumentaries we follow the paths of several dogs and their owners, most of whom will indeed be up for the grand prize:
Harlan Pepper (Guest) and his bloodhound, Hubert (Ch. Quiet Creek's Stand By Me); Gerry (Levy) and Cookie Fleck (Catharine O'Hara) and their Norwich terrier, Winky (Can. Ch. Urchin's Bryllo); the catalog loving Meg (Parker Posey) and Michael Hitchcock (Hamilton Swan) and their sleek but troubled weimaraner, Beatrice (Can. Ch. Arokat's Echobar Take Me Dancing); Scott Donlon (John Michael Higgins) and Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean), a happy gay couple raising twin Shih Tzus, Miss Agnes (Can. Ch. Raptures Classic) and Tyrone (Can. Ch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
So funny, and dog lovers will love it the best!
Published 1 month ago by Kikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in Comedy.
Way too funny.... this cast and crew made an absolutely DOGONE funny romp through what must have been a " watch were you step" outing; shot here in Vancouver and area. Read more
Published 2 months ago by michael nantel
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie-- passable
My husband loved this movie, so i ordered it for his enjoyment. It is barely passable from my point of view. As to the seller's rating, I cannot complain at all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marion ottawa
5.0 out of 5 stars best in show
My daughter and I love this movie, have seen it several times. We are huge Christopher Guest's fans, he is hilarious. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2011 by sheron
4.0 out of 5 stars What does the smell of victory smells like to you -- just don't step...
I always thought that comedies are usually the easiest films to write which possibly explains why we have so many. Read more
Published on June 30 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great set of actors (humans and dogs)! They work so well together this movie is a hit. I am a huge dog lover and i think it is important to laugh at how much you are... Read more
Published on March 16 2006 by S. Barnett
1.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good In Show!
This was a terrible movie. I myself am a dog lover and do enjoy good dog movies but this movie was the pit of all bad movies. Read more
Published on March 11 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite "Best"
Christopher Guest has a rare misstep in "Best in Show," the follow-up to comedy classic "Waiting for Guffman. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Best in Show
BEST OF SHOW was a little disappointing. I couldn't connect with Christopher Guest's hillbilly character, Eugene Levy's character lost me behind his buck teeth and two left feet... Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Steven Hellerstedt
5.0 out of 5 stars Super funny
Best in Show was on e of the funnies movies that I have seen in a long time.
It is a takeoff on the Westminster Dog Show. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Eric Kent
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