A comical look at owners and dogs at a dog show

Best in Show
“Best in Show.” Photo provided.

LUDLOW, Vt. – “Best in Show” will be the next FOLA movie Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Heald Auditorium at the Ludlow Town Hall.

Many of us enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then tune into the National Dog Show. If you would like to get a look behind the scenes and follow these comical fictional owners and dogs during their journey to a dog show, come to the Ludlow Town Hall and see “Best in 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.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with FOLA providing water. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA website at www.fola.us.

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