2000 Running time: 89 Certificate: 12 Rating: 5

Synopsis

After setting the 'mockumentary' standard with This Is Spinal Tap, director-star Christopher Guest takes aim at the world of dog shows with this best of breed spoof. Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch and Michael McKean are among the lovers and breeders hoping to win the title of America's prizest pooch. They're all barking, but Fred Willard takes the biscuit as the clueless commentator who's foot is permanently in it: "And to think that in some countries these dogs are eaten..."

Director

  • Christopher Guest

Cast

  • Christopher Guest

  • Catherine O'Hara

  • Eugene Levy

  • Parker Posey

Review

This mock-documentary does for dog lovers what 'This Is Spinal Tap' did for heavy metal bands.

Director Christopher Guest made the rock comedy in 1984 and has now turned to lampooning the American dog show circuit.

We join the bizarre pooch-centered lives of a host of crazy couples as they lovingly prepare their dogs for the Mayflower Kennel Club Show.

But for some it's all too much. Yuppie lawyers Hamilton (Michael HItchcock) and Meg Swan (Parker Posey) are in therapy with their their 'child', a pure-bred Weimaraner called Beatrice.

Another, a voluptuous blonde lesbian, uses her elderly husband's millions to fund her prizewinning poodle and suspiciously masculine dog trainer.

It's all affectionate satire - more chucklesome than side-splitting - but acutely observed.

Great turns are provided by a flamboyant gay couple who enter their beloved shih-tzu.

Some of the funniest lines come from the dog show's commentators, a hilarious coupling of an American sports presenter and a stuck-up English canine expert.

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