Christopher Guest, Best in Show
Credit: Best in Show: Shane Harvey
  • Movie

Funnier than any scripted comedy released this millennium, director Christopher Guest’s improvised dogumentary, Best in Show, plays even better on video. You can rewind to catch all the little details you may have missed on the big screen, like the terrier shaped mailbox outside the home of Gerry and Cookie Fleck (”SCTV” vets Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara), two of the owners competing in the 125th annual Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show.

Fred Willard deservedly won kudos for his scene snatching role as clueless colorman Buck Laughlin, but equally fine performances are turned in by ”Spinal Tap”’s Guest (as bloodhound enthusiast/ ventriloquist Harlan Pepper) and Michael McKean (who’s as understated as his on screen significant other, John Michael Higgins, is over the top). Cut down to the bone at 90 minutes, ”Show” doesn’t overstay its welcome, and this puts it a breed apart in a movie era that’s gone to the dogs.

Best in Show

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 89 minutes
  • Christopher Guest