Friday, February 5, 2016

Best in Show (2000)

Happy Birthday !!!!

...... to Christopher Guest !!!! 

Enjoy our salute to Best in Show (2000), one of his funniest movies, while you're waiting in line at Starbucks ... no, that other Starbucks ... across the street .....

Run Time:  90 mins
Genre:  Comedy
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:   Christopher Guest
Starring:  Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch and Fred Willard Entry for the film: Article for the film: Article for Actor/Director Christopher Guest: Article for Eugene Levy: Article for Catherine O'Hara: Article for Michael McKean: Article for Fred Willard:

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

Has anybody else wondered, during their life, that Dog Show people are a little bit strange?  I mean, it’s all cute and cuddly and is something fun to do, but they do tend to get way too into it.  Well, this film tackles that idea and has some fun with it too.  This film mocks the famed Westminster Dog Show that is held in Madison Square Garden in NYC, but for our pleasure, the Dog Show in this film takes place in the great city of Philadelphia. Article for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show:

Excerpts from the 2004 Westminster Dog Show on YouTube: (Notice how well Christopher Guest recreated his dog show almost perfectly to the real thing down to the carpet):

This is directed by comedy-great Christopher Guest, who has a laundry list of accomplishments and contributions to the world of comedy.  He was a regular on SNL back in the mid-80s and of course, is well known as Nigel Tufnel from This is Spinal Tap (1984).  

Best in Show has a colorful cast of characters, including Guest, who are totally into the lives of their show dogs and it is this comedic-exploration of that world that gives this film an extra jolt of enjoyment.  It increases the cute-ness level, but downplays making fun of it too much.  It is a playful attempt to say that these people are normal people in their world, but for us, outside, looking inside, it is a very funny world that they are in.  Dog lovers will love this film and everybody needs a chance to laugh sometimes, albeit at the expense of our canine brothers and sisters.  It is a total mockumentary. 
- Phil 

My pick as the break-out personality in the film goes to Fred Willard, who plays sports-caster (or in this case, Dog-caster), Buck Laughlin.  Buck gives the play-by-play for the show and handles it like a drunk totally in the wrong place and it is hysterical.

Buck Laughlin (while announcing at the dog show): I went to one of those obedience places once...  It was all going well until they spilled hot candle wax on my private parts.  

See this one because it is a quick, nice, laugh and something we can all visualize, make fun of and appreciate it for what it is. - Phil

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