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Reviews for the week of September 13, 2001.

Monday:
Best in Show

Best in Show
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Best in Show is a mockumentary along the lines of This is Spinal Tap, and Waiting For Guffman. In fact the casts all contain many of the same actors.

This time, Chris Guest focuses on the world of dogs and their owners as they prepare for The Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. The result is a wonderful film, full of subtle comedy.

Each character has his or her own quirks, and most of the gags rely heavily on these quirks. There's The Flecks from Florida, Cookie and Gerry. She keeps running into past lovers, and he's just a dork. There's Harlan Pepper, a redneck ventriloquist. And there's MANY others. But who will be Best in Show?

Aside from just loving their dogs, these people are just freaky in general. In fact, a lot of times it doesn't even really seem important that they are dog owners.

Unfortunately it's quite obvious right from the start who is going to win. Of course, as it's a comedy the plot isn't very deep, the important thing is it's FUNNY. You can watch this movie over and over, and it's still fresh and funny every time.

A good film and an outrageously funny comedy, this isn't a movie to miss.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Wednesday:
Swingers

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Wannabe actor/comedian Mike comes to L.A. after his six-year girlfriend in New York leaves him. So his two buddies try to get him back into the social scene, even though he's still pining for his ex.

John Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston star as three wannabe actors whose lives consist of getting turned down for jobs, clubhopping, and trying to pick up on chicks.

I rented this after hearing from EVERYONE that it was awesome, maybe it was just me, but I think it's pretty overrated. The movie has a relaxed sort of feel, or what we like to call, lack of action. There are some funny scenes, but nothing spectacular.

You have your three sterotypical characters: Mike, the guy who can't get over his ex, Trent, the hip one with a major ego, and Rob, the down-on-his-luck actor who can't seem to find work anywhere.

So-so direction, average performances and not enough jokes lead up to a pretty bland movie. Well I think it had potiential, it just didn't seem to pull it off.

While it has it's fair shair of laughable moments, the film lacks orginality and action. Worth seeing once, or anytime if it's free.

My Rating = Two Stars

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