It’s time once again for the Mayflower Kennel Club competition, the Super Bowl of dog shows. Dogs and their owners come from all over the country to compete, and hopefully take home the top honor—to be named Best In Show. Arriving from Pine Nut, North Carolina, is Harlan Pepper (a red-headed, thick accented Guest) with his bloodhound Hubert. Pepper is a true renaissance man: in addition to showing Hubert, he runs a fly-fishing store and performs as a ventriloquist. Gerry and Cookie Fleck hail from Fern City, Florida, where they write ditties for their prize-winning terrier, Winkie. Good-natured Gerry, born literally with two left feet, is constantly confronted with Cookie’s former boyfriends everywhere they go. Lawyers Hamilton and Meg Swan treat their dog Beatrice like a spoiled child, even taking the moody dog into their therapy sessions. Gay couple Stefan Vanderhoof and Scott Donlon dote on their Shih Tzu Aggie. Wealthy Sheri Ann Ward Cabot and her trainer Christy Cummings are returning with their poodle Rhapsody In White after winning Best In Show for the past two years. Congenial host of the televised competition is Buck Laughlin, whose banal non-sequiters drive his co-host insane. Best In Show tells the story of all of these blue-ribbon hopefuls who are willing to devote their lives in the name of canines everywhere. —DVDverdict.com
US-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his hilarious mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theater, dog shows and folk music. Christopher Haden-Guest was born February 5th, 1948, in New York City to an American mother and a British father, Peter Haden-Guest, the fourth Baron of Saling in the County of Essex.
He received his dramatic arts training at New York City’s High School of Arts and Music and at Bard College, and Guest first appeared in minor film roles in a mixture of film genres including The Hot Rock (1972), Death Wish (1974), Lemmings (1973) (V), and The Long Riders (1980). However, he was also dabbling in writing for several TV shows, and when filming Million Dollar Infield (1982) (TV), Guest became acquainted with writer-director Rob Reiner and the two collaborated, along with Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, to pen the script and music for the sleeper hit This… read more
Thank god Fred Willard manages to breath some life into this farce. Otherwise it would have been unbearable.