Best in Show

March 1, 2001 0 By Fans
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins star as Stefan and ScottCristy & SheriBest in ShowChristopher Guest stars as Harlan PepperEugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara star as Gerry and Cookie FleckParker Posey and Michael Hitchcock star as Meg & Hamilton Swan


A colorful array of characters competes at a national dog show.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.4/10 (28,710 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Christopher Guest

Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara

The owners (and handlers) of five show dogs head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A film crew interviews them as they prepare for the trip, arrive at Philly's Taft Hotel, and compete. From Florida come the Flecks: she keeps running into old lovers. A wordless ancient in a wheelchair and his buxom trophy wife who may have a thing for the dog's handler own the two-time defending best in show, a poodle. From the piney woods of N.C. comes a fella who wants to be a ventriloquist. High-strung DINKs feud loudly in front of their Weimaraner. Two outré gay men from Tribeca round out the profiled owners. The dog show brings out the essence of the humans. Who will be best in show?

Writers: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy


Jay Brazeau

Dr. Chuck Nelken

Parker Posey

Meg Swan

Michael Hitchcock

Hamilton Swan

Catherine O'Hara

Cookie Fleck

Eugene Levy

Gerry Fleck

Carrie Aizley

Fern City Show Spectator

Lewis Arquette

Fern City Show Spectator

Dany Canino

Fern City Show Judge

Bob Balaban

Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III

Will Sasso

Fishin' Hole Guy

Stephen E. Miller

Fishin' Hole Guy

Christopher Guest

Harlan Pepper

Michael McKean

Stefan Vanderhoof

John Michael Higgins

Scott Donlan

Colin Cunningham

New York Butcher

Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.


Official Website:
Castle Rock |

Release Date: 1 March 2001

Filming Locations: Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000


Opening Weekend: $413,436
(1 October 2000)
(13 Screens)

Gross: $18,621,249
(29 April 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


All the scenes featuring numerous dogs went remarkably smoothly. There is only one unscripted bark in the film, heard in the background as Christy and Sherri Ann argue over Christy's makeup backstage.


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
At the end of the movie there is a title that reads, "Six Months Later." However when the movie shows what happened to the Rhapsody in White characters one of them says "It's been a year."


Meg Swan:
I didn't ask for your opinion. I asked for a toy that you don't have!

User Review

Sit, Stay, and Enjoy!


You would almost have to have seen the dog show world first hand to
understand all the delicious inside jokes, but even if the extent of your
dog show experience is an occasional glimpse of the Westminster Dog Show
telecast, you'll howl with laughter.

Conformation dog showing is a world of illusion in which everyone tries to
make perfect dogs out of something less. Best in Show strips the illusion
away in a brutal satire that undoubtedly had every dog person on the planet
cringing in horror and delight. "Isn't that just like so-and-so?" and "I'm
nothing like that!"

Christopher Guest may have topped his supreme masterpiece "Spinal Tap" with
this signature mockumentary in which he skewers all of dogdom. You will
recognize Fred Willard's vapid and obnoxious television host as none other
than Joe what's his name from Westminster, and the tension between him and
Trevor Beckwith (Jim Piddock) is a thinly veiled roman a clef of David and
Joe at the Big Show.

There are a few gaffs, like the fact at all the dogs at the Show are
supposed to be champions before entry, but that doesn't detract from the
fun. John Michael Higgins, who steals the show as the uninhibited handler,
and Michael McKean are hilarious as the gay couple going out of their way
be outre. Co-writer Eugene Levy (American Pie) is perfect as the husband
finding out that his wife Catherine O'Hara might be Miss Congeniality of
time. I also loved Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock as the overwrought
yuppie couple who project all their angst on their poor dog. Larry Miller
turns in a great cameo as one of the countless men in O'Hara's

A lot of people didn't get this gem. To them I can only say Bad Dog, Bad
Dog! For the rest of us, it's Sit, Stay, and Enjoy!