Best in Show (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2011

19. Best in Show (Available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Best in Show trailer.

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I don’t remember which of the Christopher Guest mockumentaries was the first one I saw, but I think that Best in Show is my favorite.  I really liked dog shows, but this movie, focusing on 5 dogs and their owners and handlers made me enjoy them a lot more.  The whole thing seems much more humorous now that I can imagine what kind of neuroses are happening behind the scenes.

Your cast of characters include:

Buck and Trevor, your dog show commentators.  Trevor knows quite a bit about dogs, Buck does not.

Christy and Sherri Ann.  That’s their show dog Butch – show name Rhapsody in White.

Gerry and Cookie Fleck, with their Norwich terrier, Winky.

Hamilton and Meg Swan, with their tortured Weimaraner, Bea.

Harlan Pepper and his bloodhound, Hubert.

Stefan Vanderhoof and Scott Donlan, and their shih tzus, Agnes on the right competes in the Mayflower Kennel Club dog show that is the titular show.

This movie is in the classic Guest style, we’re introduced to all of our characters and then see them as they prepare for and travel to the Mayflower Kennel Club dog show in Philadelphia.  They begin to cross over and interact with each other at events surrounding the dog show. They then all compete and one of them (I won’t give it away) wins the whole show.

It’s a great movie if you love dogs, I’ve seen this movie at least 10 times – another on the ever-growing list of “movies I will watch if I find it on TV and am not doing anything just then.”  I would definitely recommend buying this movie.

Best in Show is available on DVD from Amazon for $5.98!

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