Best in Show

Although set amid the fictional Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show in Philadelphia, the comedy is really concerned with five sets of the contestants’ owners, including — but not limited to — a longtime married couple (Catherine O’Hara and co-writer Eugene Levy), two gay men (Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins) and a lonely woodsman (Guest).   

As individually idiosyncratic and entertaining as they are (and are they ever!) the show that is Show is stolen by Fred Willard as Mayflower co-host Buck Laughlin, irritating his fellow commentator Jim Piddock (The Dictator) with inane questions, like how much a dog could bench press, and who-asked-you observations, i.e. “He went for her like she’s made outta ham.”

Even on my fifth viewing, but my first via Warner Home Video’s brand-new Blu-ray, his clueless and inappropriate patter never gets old. Willard truly deserved a nomination from Oscar; ditto the screenplay, although no telling how much of it was improvised. —Rod Lott

Rod Lott

This material falls under the archives category because it was imported from our previous website. It will eventually be filtered into the proper category as time allows.

Related posts



WordPress Lightbox