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New Best Friend (2002)

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A North Carolina sheriff investigates the near-fatal drug overdose of an underachieving college girl, and uncovers many sordid details of her life before and during her descent into drugs and debauchery.

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At fancy, private Colby University, in the North Carolina hills, a drug overdose puts a senior near death. The school administration calls in the acting sheriff to conduct "a delicate and discrete investigation" - a whitewash. The more he digs, the more evidence he finds that the overdose may have been attempted murder. In flashbacks that parallel his investigation, we see Alicia, a scholarship girl worried about her grades, gradually pulled into the social life of three rich and amoral young women, led by the blond Hadley, a femme fatale. Before the investigation ends, we've met boyfriends, a drug dealer, Alicia's mom, Hadley's dad, nurses, doctors, and an orderly. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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$28,658 (USA) (12 April 2002)

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Hadley Ashton: I'm warning you, back off Trevor or you'll be sorry!
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Something to be studied...
4 September 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch a few "Indy" flicks on DTV the other day, "My New Best Friend" ended up being one of them. Needless to say, I didn't watch this movie for any chicks or dudes or Taye Diggs. First off, this movie is something cinema majors, film students, culture critics, and porn directors and producers should watch, everyone else should pretty much avoid it unless you're a high school student about to go away to some small college in some small town in near an ocean. Basically, the film intrigued me to the point of being dumb-founded enough to watch it all the way through. I was glad I did, because in the end the film at least makes linear sense and the story achieves some kind of closure and logic.

What I think is most peculiar is the fact that everyone is noticeably too old to be playing college kids. All the lead characters and most of the supports are basically actors in their early 30's trying to play 18 and 19 year olds. This is funny because reading IMDB profiles you'd think these people were actually 20 and 21 but in L.A. we all know better. This is a great example of bad casting, simply because there are 30 year olds that can play 18, and there are 26 year olds who can't, this film employs the later as opposed to the former.

The other interesting thing is the strange homoerotic almost misogynistic attitude the director takes with the sex scenes and relationships. When I saw the film I imagined some big burly very masculine male porn director type doing the directing, but instead it was very strange to find out the director was a woman. It's also interesting to note that although the film tries to market itself to a college, high school demographic based purely on female sex appeal, it fails as well because of its general B nature, lack of even soft-core sex, and unrecognized names.

So I thought, how could this movie have been improved? Then it dawned on me why it was so perfect! It wasn't really a drama or a failed unintentional comedy, it is a very A type porn! Someone simply forgot to tell everyone the sex scenes were supposed to be real and hardcore, and the movie was supposed to be distributed by Vivid or Wicked Pictures and play on the 590's (for those that don't know, those are the porn channels on DTV). Anyway, I think it's good to study this film as a model for the future of A list porn, a story with a solid beginning and end that makes good sense and rewards you slightly at the end, but has no real substance at all or meaning, yet instead, contains just the right amount of sex, if it was hardcore in the first place, this film would be making millions, at Adult Bookstores that is.


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