I’ve greatly enjoyed a recent discussion on the company Slacks channel (yes I know it’s Slack, but I love to tease the youths). The topic: Which is your favorite Christopher Guest film, and why is it Best in Show? Unbelievably, there’s been pushback on that. One person in particular, we’ll call him The New Guy, suggests that Waiting for Guffman is the pick of the litter.
In a spirit of fairness and bonhomie, therefore, I have been watching all of them on a housemate’s Hulu account. So far, I gotta say that while each film has its moments of pelvic floor-strengthening fits of helpless laughter—I mean, my goodness, the wigs alone have me prostrate—Best in Show holds up. God loves a terrier, and Kay loves Best in Show.
There are others for your consideration, such as For Your Consideration (my rating: 10 out of 10 will put me off plastic surgery forever), and the mighty-mighty, lettin’ it all hang out A Mighty Wind. Your children and mine both still think all the songs in A Mighty Wind are genuine, historical folk songs. I fear they will be troubled all their lives by a nagging suspicion that Pete Seeger was in fact a really excellent work of performance art.