Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Producers: Karen Murphy
The two final couples also offer many moments of chuckle in their own right, especially the flamboyant gay character portrayed fabulously by John Michael Higgins, and the very controlling dog trainer played intensely by Jane Lynch. I mention all of these names and all of these characters because they are what make up the fabric of this entire movie, and if you don’t like them, then you will more than likely not “get” this movie. I appreciated them all, save for Christopher Guest’s own character in the film, and I especially loved two of the “smaller” personalities in the movie. The first is Ed Begley Jr. (where has he been?) who slurps it all up as the manager of the host hotel and Fred Willard, who in unquestionably the funniest thing about this movie. He literally steals the show as one of the commentators of the big dog show finale, and delivers some of the best lines that I’ve heard all year. You couldn’t find a bigger boob to add color commentary to the show than this very misinformed gentleman! And a great job by his straight man British co-host as well. Overall, I don’t believe this comedy is suited for most people. There is a lot of dry and satirical humor here, which may not be appreciated by some. But for anyone who loved Guest’s WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, knows of the improvisational techniques perfected here by all participants, and just plain loves dogs, this puppy is a perfect companion for this fall’s lazy weekend getaway. Funny and original…nice combo!