One of the best from this much beloved comedy gang — even if the actual Westminster Dog show is pretty much satire-proof. “Best in Show” was directed by Christopher Guest who, with Eugene Levy, also wrote the script. Roger Ebert liked it a lot.
Dogs were not put on earth to pose, prance, sit, point and have their coats shampooed. They were created to chew shoes, bark at cars, have accidents on the rug and get their tummies scratched.
That’s why I approve of “Best in Show,” a wickedly funny mocumentary by Christopher Guest that makes fun of a Philadelphia dog show with every instrument in the satirist’s arsenal, from the skewer to the mallet.
One of the most spot-on performances comes from Fred Willard as the genial but dim color commentator à la Joe Garagiola. Also starring Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Coolidge (seen here), and Eugene Levy who shares screenwriting honors.
Running time 90 minutes. Rated PG-13.