A group of odd dog lovers compete in a national dog show.
Best in Show (2000)
Directed by Christopher Guest
Written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
Starring Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Christopher Guest,
Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch,
Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock,
Fred Willard, Jim Piddock
Best in Show is yet another hilarious mockumentary from Christopher Guest, who this time uses his talent for improv comedy to parody the contestants of dog shows. Loaded with a talented cast of comedians, this film will have you rolling from beginning to end, as well as make you roll your eyes at the absurdity of these characters.
Right off the bat, the film starts out with Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock at a therapy session for their dog, who walked in on them having sex. As soon as the camera pans over to the dog, you know exactly what you're in for and the film doesn't stop churning out the laughs until the credits roll. I particularly enjoyed Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins as a gay couple with a shih tzu who were always way over the top about everything. Fred Willard, as a commentator who knew next to nothing about dogs, was equally hysterical and his dynamic with Jim Piddock (who was a dog expert) was perfect.
Christopher Guest and his gang of improv comedians are the best at what they do. They've made a bunch of hilarious movies by just playing off each other, which I think is a brilliant method of comedy. Best in Show continues Guest's style he established with This Is Spinal Tap and delivers yet another funny satire aimed at a group of people who are truly ridiculous.