It seems hard to narrow it down to seven, when the fact is Best in Show might be one of my favorite movies of all time. If you’ve attended a dog show or just been a dog lover, you can relate to this movie and if you’re a good sport, you can laugh about it too.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the film (put it in your Netflix queue stat!) it’s an improvised documentary about the “Mayflower Dog Show.” Based on a loose outline by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, the improvised script follows five dogs and their unique owners on the road to Best in Show.
So let’s break down our favorite moments from this cult classic:
1// The Characters
While of course this is comedy and the characters are exactly that, there is a little bit of truth in each of them and that’s what makes it hit just so close to home. But rather than just poking fun and these unique individuals, the movie embraces and celebrates them.
To this day I cannot hear someone say Starbucks without thinking about this gem.
“We met at a Starbucks - not the same Starbucks, we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.”
As someone who has lived between two Starbucks, this is a real thing.
3// We Have Nothing to Talk About
During the intro to all of the owners, Sherri Ann, played by Jennifer Coolidge discusses her happy life with her sugar daddy.
“We both have so much in common. We both love soup…. we love the outdoors… we love snow peas, and talking and not talking. We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about.”
4// Busy Bee
At one point Meg and Hamilton, the owners of a depressed Weimaraner, lose the dog’s favorite toy “busy bee” a bumble bee squeaky toy. In a panic they search for the toy and end up having to buy a new one and in her anger and distress, Meg picks a toy that looks least like a bee.
We’ve all been there. Looking for that toy or treat for our dog (or child) that we believe/seriously hope will just make everything all better.
5// God Loves a Terrier
A classic song that I sing any time I see a terrier of any sort.
“God didn’t miss a stitch,
be a dog or be a bitch
when he made the Norwich merrier
with his cute little derrière
yes, God loves a terrier”
6// The Dog Show Commentary
We’ve all watched a dog show and heard the commentator giving the history on the breeds and the details on each dog, but we all have that voice in our head that provides color commentary about dogs in tiny hats (or maybe that’s just me?)
7// It’s Still Relevant, Maybe More Relevant Today
Although the movie is now 16 years old it’s still extremely topical. In fact it may be more relevant than ever. While the movie focused on the extreme love and dedication of dog show enthusiasts – this has become nearly every dog owner.
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