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Best in Show Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    78

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    You giggle every so often, but you never give yourself over to the characters.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Wickedly funny.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This giggle does for dog shows what Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" (in which Guest plays Nigel Tufnel) did for heavy metal.

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  • See all Best in Show reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Hilarious and offbeat, but humor is pretty grownup.

What Parents Need to Know

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.

  • Families can talk about the style of this movie. What is a mockumentary? What exactly is this movie mocking? What kind of humor do the actors use?
  • Where else have you seen these actors? Do they always play the same kinds of roles? What sets many of these actors apart from Hollywood stars?

The good stuff
  • message true2

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

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Many of the characters are kindly to their animals and to each other and win the big competition by fair, not foul, means. But some characters say cruel things to each other, such as the dad who threatens to gouge out his kid's eyes and calls him a "freak."

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    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).

  • sex false2

    Sex: 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."

  • language false3

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

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There is a party where guests hold drinks but no one acts drunk.

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