My Best Friend's Girl

  • Year:2008
  • Rating:MA
  • Director:Howard Deutch
  • Cast:Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs, Dane Cook, Kate Hudson
  • Release Date:October 09, 2008
  • Distributor:Hoyts
  • Running time:101 minutes
  • Film Worth:$5.50
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“…steer well clear…”

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Tank (Dane Cook) is a complete arsehole. We know it from the very start when a date gives him ten good reasons why he shouldn't be allowed inside her apartment. He celebrates his capacity to be an arsehole - "Emotional terrorism, it's what I'm good at" - and has turned his obnoxious skill-set into a revenue stream. Jilted men hire Tank to give their ex-girlfriends such an outrageously bad time that they'll come running back to a warm, safe place.

                                                           

Springing as it does from a deeply misogynistic layer of disquiet, there's small wonder that Howard Deutch's (Pretty In Pink) comedy elicits so few laughs. And those it does elicit are a reaction to the idea that the producers would have thought Tank's current behaviour funny. When his flatmate (Jason Biggs) books him to win back the affection of a workmate (Kate Hudson), the expected happens. And therein lies Deutch's secondary problem: how to generate freshness from an extraordinarily familiar story, and one that idiotically signposts its intentions from the title, and then reinforces the notion with repetitive use of The Cars' titular song.

There are no winners here, just more bad ideas. As Tank's relationship inevitably falters, the chip turns to the old block (Alec Baldwin) - a repugnantly foul-mouthed, hypocritical tutor of women's studies - for guidance. It adds padding to the padding, and gives Baldwin some fun chewing scenery while swearing a lot...we're glad someone's having a good time. It's pretty hard to tell what My Best Friend's Girl aims to say about couples in general, and arseholes in particular. Maybe it's something about women needing an emotional savaging to realise their place in the world. One thing is certain: you should steer well clear of the nasty ideas that screenwriter Jordan Cahan has about relationships and how they work.

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