Best in Show (2000)
(PG-13) 90 mins

“I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, "Harlan Pepper, if you don't stop naming nuts," and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that's what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she'd just start yelling. I'd say, "Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut." That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She'd say, "Would you stop naming nuts!" And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn't talk, but he'd go "rrrawr rrawr" and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it's also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut.”

‘Best in Show’ is one of Christopher Guest’s finest ‘mockumentaries.’ The film chronicles the voyages of several dogs and their owners from their hometowns to the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show (an obvious reference to the Westminster show). That’s really all there is to it. But the comedy doesn’t stem from the plot outline…it stems from the wide array of oddball characters who attend the show. Which includes Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest (obviously), Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge, and of course Fred Willard, who plays the unforgettable announcer, Buck Laughlin. “Excuse me if this off the subject a little bit, but just take a guess at how much I can bench press. Come on, what do you think? Take a guess. 315 pounds, at the top of my game, maxing out at 500!” Good stuff.

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