Friday, March 14, 2008

The Weekend Watch

Go behind the scenes to see what lengths devoted dog lovers will go to to earn top honor for their pooches in Best In Show. You will meet a number of colorful dog owners: the nut-naming Harlan Pepper (Christopher Guest), the slow-witted trophy wife Sherri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge), and Gerry and Cookie Fleck (Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara) who make up songs about their terrier. The odd characters and their interactions with their dogs and each other make Best In Show a laugh riot from beginning to end. Ultimately, they all travel to Philadelphia to try and earn top prize in the Mayfair Kennel Club Dog Show.

Once the Mayflower Kennel Club competition starts, however, Fred Willard nearly steals the show as the announcer calling the show for television. His one-liners and dim-wit approach make for repeated laughs and make the movie worth seeing all by himself.

Part of what makes Best In Show so great is the fact that most of the lines are made up on the spot by the cast. Guest and Levy sketched out an outline for the film to follow, but then turned things over to their actors to come up with their characters on the spot.

Best In Show is rated PG-13 and is located in the fiction DVD collection under B (Humor)

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