Sherri Ann Cabot: We have so much in common, we both love soup and snow peas; we love the outdoors, and talking and not talking. We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about.
17. Best in Show (2000) – Dir. Christopher Guest
Best in Show was the first Christopher Guest movie I ever saw. I remember a group of friends saying they were going to see a movie about dog shows, and thinking that sounded like one of the most boring subjects for a movie. But, I went along, begrudgingly. In those days it was more about quantity than quality, rarely did I pass up a chance to go to the movies. Unfortunately, this led to some much less rewarding film-going experiences a la Cabin Fever (thanks again for that Nate).Conversely, Best in Show turned out to be a most pleasant surprise. I laughed harder than I ever imagined a movie about dog shows could compel me.
The preternaturally quirky characters that Guest and his cast bring to life so vividly are each endearing in their own eccentric ways. And that’s what makes this movie great, this cast of oddballs, whose dedication to dog shows seems rivaled only by the dedication of the actors portraying them.
The film is a character study, examining these dog show dilettantes and their Ahab-like obsession with winning the coveted blue ribbon, laden with Guest’s customary wry wit.
The talented cast behind this group of dog-lovers includes Guest himself as well as stalwarts of his other films: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard, Michael Hitchcock, Bob Balaban, and Ed Begley, Jr.
I can’t say it enough; Best in Show is a great movie, with a great cast committed to providing a hilarious social satire. It was a wonderful introduction to the work of Guest and company, and to mockumentaries in general.
What’s your take on mockumentaries, love ‘em, hate ‘em? What’s your favorite?