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Mentally retarded Philly Wohl, in his late sixties, lives in a group home in Queens, New York. He takes classes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Frances Reiss
Ira Wohl ... Himself (also archive footage)
Max Wohl ... Himself (archive footage)
Pearl Wohl ... Herself (archive footage)
Philip Wohl

Directed by
Ira Wohl 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ira Wohl 

Produced by
Ira Wohl .... producer
Cinematography by
Tom McDonough 
Film Editing by
Laura C. Murray 
Ira Wohl 
Sound Department
Peter Miller .... sound
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising sound editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Roman Fichman .... videographer

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Canada:90 min
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not as powerful as Best Boy but..., 16 January 2003
Author: oodus347

Everyone who has seen Best Boy should see Best Man. It's interesting to see how Philly has aged in 20 years! However, this documentary lacks the emotional punch of Best Boy. I feel Ira Wohl simply made it because, as he mentions at the start of the film, so many people asked him how Philly was doing. Which is not a bad thing, but it clearly shows. Philly is alive and well in the film, and he is 72 (I think). He lives in a nice group home in New York. With his parents long gone, his sister Fran (who is now the age her mother was in Best Boy!) takes care of him the most.

Ira decides to give Philly a Bar Mitzvah, which is kind of the main premise of the movie. You see Philly fly on an airplane to California, you see him make his own coffee with ease, and, which I think is the best scene in the whole film, he talks about his departed mother. Although he giggles when talking in front of the camera, he finally sighs and goes, "Oooh, I miss her..."

Although Best Man is not as good as Best Boy, every fan of Philly should see it.

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