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Best in Show

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Best in Show

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
89 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/29/00
performer:
Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Patrick Cranshaw, Fred Willard
director:
Christopher Guest
Producers:
Castle Rock Productions
distributor:
Warner Bros., Warner Home Video
author:
Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B+

The world of competitive dog-breeding may seem like a subject too ripe for parody. But with Best in Show (2000, 1 hr., 30 mins., PG-13), Christopher Guest and his deadpan band of merry pranksters push right past satire into the rabidly surreal. Sadly, a new Blu-ray of the canine mockumentary doesn’t throw any fresh EXTRAS into the mix, but the old ones are still as tasty as a bag of Snausages — especially a deliciously dry commentary from Guest and Eugene Levy, who appear dumbstruck by Fred Willard’s freestyle riffing as dim TV announcer Buck Laughlin (”And to think that in some countries these dogs are eaten!”). Someone give that man a Snausage. B+

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