Probably the funniest of the Christopher Guest movies, with too many brilliant performances to count. What's done to the characters can be disturbingly mean-spirited, but you have to expect that from a Guest film, and until the epilogue (which is just plain sadistic in some cases) it all rings true. Props to that poor Weimeraner for putting up with such awful (if hilarious) emotional abuse from 'mommy and daddy.'
This is the kind of movie that makes you laugh before you know you're laughing, subtle and silly, the characters are beautifully flawed and eccentric and every bit like the idiosyncratic community that populates ever shrinking circles of theater devotees. Guest is a terribly underrated actor director and writer. Oh, and he's a musician I hear and a composer!
Each time I watch it I have a new favorite performance, and this time it was Jennifer Coolidge, who is unbelievably intelligent at playing dumb and makes you feel for her character, trapped in by wealth and looking for escape in dog shows and her "art." Characteristically, Guest has fun with the characters and paints them as broad comedic types, not resorts to mean-spiritedness to get a laugh.