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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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Connie Campbell
Dean James ...
J. Michael Hunter ...
Edmund Kearney ...
Dean (as Edmund J. Kearney)


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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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Depraved Indifference  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,658, 14 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,658, 14 April 2002
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When Sydney and Alicia are talking on the bed, one of Alicia's lines doesn't match her lip movements. See more »


Hadley Ashton: I'm warning you, back off Trevor or you'll be sorry!
Alicia Campbell: [sarcastic tone] Ooooo, I'm shaking.
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Trashy yet significantly better than average!
8 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I would have to disagree on most of the user comments on this movie. Most insist it is a piece of trash, not worth viewing. And yes perhaps they're right about the trashy part but in my humble opinion, New Best Friend is in the same kind of league as 90210 - entertaining trash that as much as we hate to admit it, we actually find ourselves engrossed in.

Yes, the story is unoriginal and the script poor but the performances by the key actors are good enough to keep viewers interested. Mia Kirsher (Exotica, The Crow:City of Angels) delivers a stellar performance despite the bad material she was given to work with. An actress of her calibre should be choosing better parts in significantly better movies but I'm willing to forgive her for making one bad decision (but that's only because personally I didn't find New Best Friend a complete waste of my time). Meridith Monroe, Dominique Swain and Rachel True are all effective in their roles however one bad performance has to come from Taye Diggs as the officer in charge of investigating Alicia's (Kirsher) overdose which has suspicious circumstances. Diggs usually turns in fine performances but in New Best Friend he just looks bored. Perhaps that's due to the lack of good material he had to work with.

Overall I found New Best Friend to be an entertaining movie. Sure there was a lot of things wrong with it and it certainly won't go down as one of my favourite films of the year but it succeeds for what it is - great trash!

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