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Best in Show


The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
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1 out of 5

Hilarious and offbeat, but humor is pretty grownup.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Best in Show is a hilarious but very dry mockumentary about the dog-show world will likely bore kids. There is some cursing, including a notable scene where a father threatens his son with horrific violence and calls him a "freak." One character is depicted as having been promiscuous in her past, and many men come on to her in social situations using coarse language ("I banged a lotta waitresses in my time"), to the consternation of this character's husband. Several characters in the cast are depicted as being gay and there is a very passionate surprise kiss between two female characters who later proclaim each other "dynamite in the sack." This one's best for adults and teens who enjoy dry absurdity, and anyone who has a show dog or is interested in the dog show world.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the style of this movie. What is a mockumentary? What exactly is this movie mocking? What kind of humor do the actors use?
  • Where else have you seen these actors? Do they always play the same kinds of roles? What sets many of these actors apart from Hollywood stars?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Saturday, July 9, 2005

Fresh: Guest is good at revealing his characters bit by bit.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: With results like this, a new Guest mockumentary every couple of years would be aces by me.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Best in show is about a bunch of dog lover's journey to be the best in show. They come from all over the USA with a uinqe way to make their dog the best. Who will become best in show? Cons Lacking acting Lacking some plot Pros Really let you see what it like to be in a dog show. Really good dogs. Funny at times.

- erika250, Sunday, August 14, 2011

5 stars

This movie is in a tie with "This Is Spinal Tap" for the best mock-u-mentary ever. This movie is a simple, but brilliant concept with a perfect execution. Its simple, a "documentary" that focuses on the (mostly insane) dog owners who are on there way to one of the biggest dog shows in the U.S. The first part of this movie establishes the dogs and their owners. The opening scene is almost worth the price of admission in establishing the owners of a gray weimeraner and... Well, I won't spoil the rest, but its funny. The other contenders are a gay couple and their Shih Tzu, a woman reminiscent of Anne Nicole Smith and the real dog trainer's (played by Jane Lynch) poodle; a man and his wife from Florida (the wife went around a LOT to say the least prior to the marriage) that own a Norwich Terrier; an incomprehensible hick (played by Christopher Guest in one of his funniest roles) and his Bloodhound. The second part focuses on the dog show itself, and this is where the movie kicks the hilarity into high gear (and considering how funny the first part is, that's saying a lot). This is mostly because of Fred Willard playing one of the commentators of the dog show, and he is so rude, so dumb, and downright straight faced about it. I'm surprised his fellow commentator doesn't burst out laughing, but he keeps a straight face as a very posh British man. If you've ever seen a dog show or (especially) if you have owned/currently own a dog, you must see this. Its hilarious to the core and tons of fun to watch. Is it better than "This Is Spinal Tap"? I think its more accessible (Best in Show has a PG-13 and This Is Spinal Tap has a well-deserved R), but in my mind, there at a tie. But no matter which you think is better, this is a funny funny movie.

- fb100001493964409, Saturday, January 22, 2011

4 stars

Dogs and dogowners, bowsers, funny.

- Chiefilms, Saturday, January 16, 2010