Christopher Guest is an artist. While he is not the only person to ever use the “mockumentary” style, he is certainly a pioneer in the genre.
Like all of Guest’s movies, much of the dialogue depends on the improvisation of the actors. In his other films, such as This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and A Mighty Wind, the key players have collaborated on many projects. Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, and Eugene Levy are part of the cast that can be seen throughout Guest’s career.
Best in Show is presented as a documentary of five dogs and their owners destined to show in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, held in Philadelphia. The documentary jumps between the owners as they prepare to leave for the show, arriving at the hotel, and preparing backstage before their dog takes the show.
The film is number 38 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”