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"Best in Show"

Directed by Christopher Guest.
Written by Christopher Guest and Eugune Levy.
Starring Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Parker Posey.
Release Year:  2000 
Review Date:  10/22/00


This might be the shortest review of the year.  Simply put, this movie is flat-out hilarious.  Sure, it helps that it is based around dog shows and the people that participate in them with their hounds, poodles, terriers and other types of canines.  But, the script for this movie is great, the performers in the movie are great, the faux-documentary style that is used is smart and it pushes the limits for a PG-13 movie, a plus in my book since it means you can use the word poke and it will be all good!  Keith “Pigs in a Blanket” Karem and his girlfriend, Katie “Brown Sugar” Gillespie, came along with me today and both agreed that this is a movie that you have to see right now.  Don't mess around with some of the other been there, done that themes currently in theaters—this movie is really different.

I mean, there was a cricket chirping one row behind me for the entire length of this movie, and I still got over that to spend the majority of my time in this movie laughing.  Hurry up and see it before your theater pulls it out.

Rating:  Opening Weekend


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  This is the highest rating a movie can receive.  Reserved for movies that exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development, setting...or Salma Hayek.  Not necessarily in that order. 

"$X.XX Show":  This price changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently, it is the $9.50 Show.  While not technically perfect, this is a movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.  "Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca", but you'll have a great time watching.  The $9.50 Show won't win any Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see "Office Space"). 

"Matinee":  An average movie that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.  Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about yourself.  A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave the theater saying "That wasn't too, did you see that Lakers game last night?" 

"Rental":  This rating indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one."  Mostly forgettable, you couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the video store was out of copies of "Ronin."  If you can, see this movie for free.  This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a half stars." 

"Hard Vice":  This rating is the bottom of the barrel.  A movie that only six other human beings have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.  A Shannon Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a movie.  Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or "Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!  (Warning:  strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard Vice"-rated movies.)

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