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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?

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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

As much as I love mockumetaries, I've yet to fall in love with any of Christopher Guest's beloved movies. And I really don't know why. I'm a huge fan of clever, understated humor, but I can't get past being mildly entertained by those of Guest's films that I've seen. I will say that I enjoyed Best in Show more than This is Spinal Tap. Mainly because you don't have to know very much about dog shows and owners to enjoy the jokes. Spinal Tap relied heavily on being around during that time period and knowing a bit about the subject matter. That's great if you match those criteria, but not so swell for me. Best in Show benefits from being about something that inherently has a lot of potential for humor. I mean, it's about a DOG SHOW! If you can't manage a few guffaws out of that setup, i honestly don't know what to say. I laughed out loud several times, personally. I just was never quite amused as often as I was hoping to be.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, May 13, 2010

4 stars

Dogs and dogowners, bowsers, funny.

- Chiefilms, Saturday, January 16, 2010

4 stars

Very funny mockumentary, typical Christopher Guest and one of his best!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 23, 2009