Arts, Dining & Entertainment

‘ Best in Show ’ takes a humorous look at show dog owners

Saturday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.—LUDLOW— “ Best in Show ” will be the next FOLA movie on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Heald Auditorium in the Ludlow Town Hall, 37 S. Depot Street.

Many Americans enjoy watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then tune into the National Dog Show. For a look behind the scenes, join the screening and follow these comical fictional owners and dogs during their journey to a dog show.

“Best in Show” is a 2000 American mockumentary comedy film co-written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy and directed by Guest. The film is presented as a documentary of five dogs and their owners destined to show in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, held in Philadelphia. Segments of the documentary continuously cycle among owners and handlers as each prepares to leave for the show, arrives at the hotel, prepares backstage, handles their dog’s performance, and appears in a post-show follow-up.

Among the comedic aspects of the film are similarities between the personalities and characteristics of the owners and those of their dogs. The characters include a middle-class couple, an owner of a fishing goods store, a yuppie couple, two-time past winners and a campy gay couple all portrayed by wonderful actors. Much of the dialogue was improvised.

The film has a 94 percent rating by Rotten Tomatoes. It is rated PG-13.

The film is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. Popcorn and water will be supplied. For info visit

Photo courtesy FOLA

“ Best in Show ” is a well-received mockumentary about show dogs and their owners, showing in Ludlow, Saturday.

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