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Best in Show Details


After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary , actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Salesman Gerry Fleck (Eugene Levy), who is cursed with two left feet (literally), and his wife Cookie (Catherine O'Hara) have entered their Norwich terrier "Winky" in competition. Wealthy and neurotic Meg Swan (Parker Posey) and her husband Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock) are on hand with their Weimaraner "Beatrice," who they fear may have been traumatized by watching them have sex. Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins) and his life partner Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean) have brought their beloved Shih Tzu, "Miss Agnes." Trophy wife Sherri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) and her close friend and trainer Christy Cummings (Jane Lynch) are hoping for a repeat victory for Sheri's poodle, "Rhapsody In White." And Harlan Pepper (Guest), who operates a store specializing in fly-fishing gear, has decided to stack his bloodhound "Hubert" up against the competition. In addition to Guest, Levy, O'Hara, and Posey, several other veterans of the cast also appear in Best in Show, including Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Lewis Arquette. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 19, 2000


Awarded by
Writers Guild of America Christopher Guest Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Christopher Guest Best Director 2000 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Eugene Levy Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee


Eugene Levy
as Gerry Fleck
Catherine O'Hara
as Cookie Fleck
Christopher Guest
as Harlan Pepper
John Michael Higgins
as Scott Donlon
Michael McKean
as Stefan Vanderhoof
Michael Hitchcock
as Hamilton Swan
Parker Posey
as Meg Swan
Jennifer Coolidge
as Sherri Ann Cabot
Jane Lynch
as Christy Cummings
Fred Willard
as Buck Laughlin
Bob Balaban
as Dr. Theodore W. Milbank III
Patrick Cranshaw
as Sherri's Husband
Don Lake
as Pageant manager
Ed Begley, Jr.
as Hotel manager
Larry Miller
as Cookie's former boyfriend
Lewis Arquette
as Fern City Show Spectator
Will Sasso
as Fishin' Hole Guy
Carrie Aizley
as Fern City Show Spectator


Christopher Guest
Karen Murphy
Eugene Levy
Christopher Guest
Roberto Schaefer
Robert Leighton
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Gary Myers
Art Director
Gordon Mark
Executive Producer
Monique Prudhomme
Costume Designer
Mark Weingarten
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Hardy
First Assistant Director
Stuart Aikins
Jim Behnke
Unit Production Manager