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  Best in Show
Year: 2000
Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Jay Brazeau, Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge, Larry Miller, Linda Kash, Ed Begley Jr, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Will Sasso, Fred Willard
Genre: ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 5 votes)
Review: The first time I watched this movie I had to hit the pause button every 10 minutes in order to mop up the tears of hysterical laughter that were pouring down my face. Yep, it’s another outing from the Spinal Tap team, this time on the subject of fluffy woofers and those who lurve them.

This mockumentary (written and directed by Christopher Guest, co-written by Eugene Levy) tells the story of a dog show, following the contestants and their owners as well as the organisers, hoteliers, and others as they prepare, compete and recover from the event of their lives. I especially liked the rendition of “God Loves A Terrier” (to the tune of God Loves America, of course) and the character of the skeletal and ancient
millionaire married to the trophy wife who declares that she has lots in common with her husband. Like, er... soup.

Eugene Levy is also hysterically funny as Gerry Fleck, Mr Goofy Guy with two left feet and a wife, Cookie Fleck (Catherine O’Hara) who has shagged half of North America. In fact, I think his is my favourite performance, but it’s hard to tell as everyone in this brilliantly devised film shines like gold.

It is only fair to warn you about the pace however - this is gag a minute stuff, so don’t bother trying to watch it while you’re knitting or combing the cat: you’ll miss the jokes. Forget eating, cos you'll choke, and don’t bother wearing make-up either, cos you’ll laugh so hard it’ll all get washed off.

Last warning is don’t waste money renting - for this, you’ll want to dive straight into the golden waters of film purchase.
Reviewer: Samantha David

 

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