Best in Show

Thursday, November 23 - Sunday, November 26, 2017


35mm print!

“It’s a commonplace that pets resemble their owners (or vice versa), but the phenomenon has rarely been explored with such dogged glee. A ‘mockumentary’ tracking half-a-dozen contestants as they prepare for the annual Mayflower Dog Show in Philadelphia, Christopher Guest’s film combines flea-on-the-wall observation with direct-to-camera interviews…  Co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy, but apparently largely improvised, this caricatures a broad cross-section of social archetypes, from the gay couple (McKean and Higgins) with their shih-tzu, to the neurotic yuppies (Posey and Hitchcock) with their Weimaraner, and Guest’s backwoods cajun, with his bloodhound Hubert. The performances are perfect, and the actors aren’t bad either… The dog show itself is enlivened by an outrageous comic turn from Fred Willard as an addled TV commentator suffering from a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. Levy is fun, too, as a cuckolded salesman with two left feet (literally).” – Time Out (London)

Part of the Weekend Classics series “DOG NYC”

  • Country USA
  • Year 2000
  • Director Christopher Guest