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Best in Show | 2000 | PG-13 | - 4.2.3

A documentary-style comedy following several eccentric dog owners and their beloved pets as they compete for the coveted Mayflower Dog Show Cup. With Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Patrick Cranshaw, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban, Don Lake, Jim Piddock, Fred Willard and Ed Begley Jr. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Nearly all instances are played for laughs: Lots of sexual innuendo and several kisses, a couple of which are passionate (one is between two women). During a counseling session, a woman describes being in a sexual position with her husband. A dog humps a man's lower leg. We see a photograph of a cross-dressing male spanking what appears to be another cross-dressing male's buttocks (his buttocks, which are possibly bare, are seen from the side). A man comments on a woman's breasts. Two women wear cleavage-revealing tops in nearly every scene they're in; also, we see a man's bare chest through his open shirt (he's also wearing boxer shorts).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Nearly all instances are played for laughs: A woman trips and falls face-first onto the ground; she limps badly and is later seen with a bandage and icepack on her knee. A man gives a graphic description of the death of a person who jumped from a building. A dog unexpectedly jumps up on a woman, frightening her. A woman yells at a several people in a few scenes; in one scene she also smacks a man with an animal toy. A man threatens to harm a boy who's sitting on top of a garage holding a dog wearing a parachute (it's implied the boy is going to drop the dog to the ground; we don't see anything else happen, and the dog is not harmed).


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LANGUAGE 3 - A couple of anatomical references, a couple of scatological references (plus a few mild scatological references), a few mild obscenities, a religious obscenity, and several uses of what some might consider a vulgar reference to a female dog.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dog shows, competition, dysfunctional marriages, dealing with a promiscuous past, homosexuality (and stereotypical portrayals of homosexuals).

MESSAGE - Some people take dog shows very seriously (which can be quite funny to the rest of us).

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