Review #684 of 365
Movie Review of My Best Friend's Girl (2008) [R] 101 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.00
Where Viewed: United Artists Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, Denver, CO
When Seen: 19 September 2008 @ 5:50 pm
DVD Release Date: Unscheduled (please check back)
After the Credits: Nothing
Directed by: Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards)
Written by: Jordan Cahan (debut)
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Dane Cook (Dan in Real Life) • Kate Hudson (Fool's Gold) • Alec Baldwin (Brooklyn Rules) • Jason Biggs (Over Her Dead Body)
If that doesn't sound like much of a plot, or if it sounds similar to recent films let alone the MTV "Undressed" thread mentioned before; well it isn't, and you're right. Last spring, Jason Biggs played nearly exactly the same character right down to the "is he or isn't he gay" lines in Over Her Dead Body, Kate Hudson played almost the same hard-to-impress girlfriend in Fool's Gold, and last fall, Dane Cook played the similarly suave dude in Good Luck Chuck--only he was the one constantly getting dumped. Well, at least the casting director for My Best Friend's Girl had it pretty easy. The only major cast member to break type is Alec Baldwin who plays a woman's studies professor that's a closet womanizer. [note: that was sarcasm folks] So, there's a recycled, derivative story, with recycled busted characters being played by actors with experience at nearly identical roles, adding up to one final question: Why'd anyone make this film, and why would we support them in their decision? The excuse that every autumn needs a good romantic comedy doesn't hold up well in this case.
My Best Friend's Girl does have a couple of really funny parts. My favorite of these occurs early on in the film when Alexis calls tank at work and he thinks she's a regular customer calling to complain about the air purifier. He's using her call as an example for how to defuse and angry phone customer at a morning training session in front of a training group. That part should have just been turned into an "SNL" sketch and they could have saved everyone else a lot of trouble. For being a romantic comedy, this movie is about the least romantic one I've ever seen. Part of it's the detestable nature of Tank and part of it is the sickening puppy dog that Jason Biggs plays in every one of his roles. He seems unable to break free of his American Pie, Jim character. Oh, an the part where he gets his eyebrow shaved off revealed in the trailer isn't any funnier in the movie.
… stale, contrived, derivative, and predictable.
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Other Projects Featuring My Best Friend's Girl (2008)
Dane Cook • Kate Hudson • Alec Baldwin