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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.

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I think I would have enjoyed “Fifty Shades of Black” (2016) more if I had read “Fifty Shades of Grey” or seen the movie. I’m pretty familiar with Marlon Wayans’ comic rip-off flicks, and some are funny (or at least have funny parts). This one just seemed lazy or – and this is the worst possible thing you can say about a comedy – boring. And a lot of it is just gross, or derivative. Maybe “Grey” is that awful, too. But like I said, I didn’t see/read it, so I don’t know.