Best in Show

2000 PG-13 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

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Best in Show

2000 PG-13 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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Master mockumentarian Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) is at it again with this snarky send-up of canine culture that traverses the galloping neuroses surrounding one highly competitive dog show in Pennsylvania. Talented improvisers Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean and Catherine O'Hara elevate this satire to the stuff of genius. Fans of This Is Spinal Tap, television's "SCTV" -- and dogs, of course -- will find much to love.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
None
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Castilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
  • Christopher Guest
  • Eugene Levy
  • Catherine O'Hara
  • Michael McKean
  • Parker Posey
  • Fred Willard
  • Jennifer Coolidge
  • Jane Lynch
  • John Michael Higgins
  • Michael Hitchcock
  • Ed Begley Jr.
  • Bob Balaban
  • Jim Piddock
  • Jay Brazeau
  • Fred Keating
  • Don Lake
  • Will Sasso
  • Stephen E. Miller
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Best in Show is a hilarious but very dry mockumentary about the dog-show world will likely bore kids. There is some cursing, including a notable scene where a father threatens his son with horrific violence and calls him a "freak." One character is depicted as having been promiscuous in her past, and many men come on to her in social situations using coarse language ("I banged a lotta waitresses in my time"), to the consternation of this character's husband. Several characters in the cast are depicted as being gay and there is a very passionate surprise kiss between two female characters who later proclaim each other "dynamite in the sack." This one's best for adults and teens who enjoy dry absurdity, and anyone who has a show dog or is interested in the dog show world.

Sexual Content

There is a little bit of sex talk, mostly to one character depicted as having been promiscuous in the past, but nothing too explicit. There is a passionate same-sex kiss and some insults leveled at gay people, as when one character refers to another (gay) character as "prancing around."

Violence

Almost nonexistent save for a reference to a long-ago parent's suicide, and one scene where a wound-too-tight dad tries to get his son down from a roof by threatening him with violence: "I'll punch you in the eyes until they're jelly!" he shrieks. There is also some graphic talk about said father's job, which is trying to keep suicides from jumping (usually unsuccessfully).

Language

A few curses: "I s--t you not." There are also several references to "bitch" but usually referring to a female dog

Social Behavior

The characters in the movie do love and treat their animals well, sometimes to the point of ridiculousness.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

There is a party where guests hold drinks but no one acts drunk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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