Thursday: “Best in Show”

July 14

Screening outdoors as the second installment of the American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks from the Hill series, Christopher Guest’s 2000 mockumentary is without a doubt the best dog movie because it satirizes the kind of people obsessed with dog movies. Actually, it’s kind of a giant joke on white people doing the whitest white people thing—a pedigree dog show. Between a yuppie couple who takes out their marital frustrations on their Weimaraner, an ultra-folksy fishing goods store owner/aspiring ventriloquist, an ostentatious trophy wife and her silent, ancient husband and their standard poodle’s uncompromising trainer, a dorky Florida man who literally has two left feet and his wife who constantly runs into former partners, a flamboyant gay couple (this is one of those dated movies where homosexuality is treated as a joke in itself—annoying, yeah, but pleasant to see how far we’ve come), and Fred Willard arguably in his best role as the competition’s filterless moderator, “Best in Show” is a portrait of white America at its most absurd. Obviously, bring your dog; just don’t be weird about it. 9 p.m., American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900,, free. (Maura Callahan)

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