Sunday, 30 August 2009

Best In Show (2000)

Directed and co-written by Christopher Guest (the other writer was Eugene Levy), Best of Show is one of the oddest films I've ever seen. It also happens to be riotously funny in quite a few places.

A mock documentary (I just hate the phrase "mockumentary" for some reason!), this details the ups and downs... well, mainly downs... of several dog owners on their way to and during the dog show. I think if you're a fan of such shows and can see how well the characters in the movie mirror real life it would probably be even funnier; I'm not, but I still found parts of it absolutely hilarious.
Partly because much of it is ad-libbed it's a bit uneven and not all of it tickles the funny bone, but it's certainly well worth watching.

It's rated 12(UK) PG-13 (US) for language and sex-related material. There's nothing particularly terrible though there's a lot of innuendo. More of the humour comes from the characters more than what they actually say, though it's also one of those movies that makes you really listen to the dialogue because you can easily miss the best lines. All of the cast are terrific.

The additional scenes on the DVD are a mixed bunch; some are boring while others are hysterical. Much like the whole film really, but overall it's really enjoyable. Not a conventional film, but proof (as if needed) that unconventional films are often among the best. I'm guessing that this is one of those movies that's actually funnier on the second viewing; I'll let you know whether I was right once I've watched it again! I'm also going to lend it to some people at work who go to dog shows quite regularly, I'm very curious as to what they'll make of it.

Cast

Christopher Guest as Harlan Pepper
Eugene Levy as Gerry Fleck
Catherine O'Hara as Cookie Fleck
John Michael Higgins as Scott Donlan
Michael McKean as Stefan Vanderhoof
Michael Hitchcock as Hamilton Swan
Parker Posey as Meg Swan
Jennifer Coolidge as Sherri Ann Cabot
Jane Lynch as Christy Cummings
Larry Miller as Max Berman
Jim Piddock as Trevor Beckwith
Fred Willard as Buck Laughlin
Ed Begley, Jr. as Hotel Manager
Lynda Boyd as Cabot Party Guest
Teryl Rothery as Philly AM Host
Patrick Cranshaw as Leslie Ward Cabot
Will Sasso as Fishin' Hole Guy
Bob Balaban as Dr. Theodore W. Millbank III
Don Lake as Graham Chissolm



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1 comment:

Laughing Stars said...

I'd almost forgotten about this movie. It was odd ... and funny!