It’s fair to say “Best in Show” (2000) helped breathe new life into the mockumentary, as well as the repertory led by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy (which lives on to this day – thanks “Schitt’s Creek”). This behind-the-scenes look at dog shows also serves as a bridge that helped introduce audiences to newer ensemble comedians such as Jennifer Coolidge and John Michael Higgins. Theirs and other characters (Catherine O’Hara) are inspired in their quirkiness. Fred Willard is hilarious – he seemingly improvs his entire performance as the dog show TV announcer – but as a result probably gets too much screen time.

Some Guy Ritchie films , like “The Gentlemen,” are big, sloppy fun, while others, like “Wrath of Man,” (2021) are just big and sloppy. In the latter, the soundtrack heralds a menacing tone that persists as one criminal seeks payback from another. There’s lots of standard Ritchie touches – jumping back and forth in time, the audience never quite knowing whose side anyone is on – but some plot points are dwelled upon while others breeze by confusingly. But the tonal bleakness lacks the comic blackness Ritchie is often able to mine from intramural mayhem. Something’s missing in all this carnage. Humanity?

It’s said that we get the democracy we deserve. If you watch “Election” (1999), you get the movie you deserve. If you just want to chuckle at the haplessness of how one student government go-getter (Reese Witherspoon) triggers a series of life-changing events, go ahead and enjoy this well-crafted dark comedy. But if you want to dig deeper, heaven help you, because this film’s an invitation down a rabbit hole of issues. Ethics, morals, sexism, human frailty, competing American values of doing whatever it takes to win versus winning “the right way” (whatever that means), there’s gracious plenty to ponder.