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New Best Friend -- 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 decent into drugs and debauchery.
New Best Friend -- 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 decent into drugs and debauchery.

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Writer (WGA):
Victoria Strouse (written by)
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Release Date:
12 April 2002 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Mia Kirshner ... Alicia Campbell

Meredith Monroe ... Hadley Ashton

Dominique Swain ... Sidney Barrett

Scott Bairstow ... Trevor

Rachel True ... Julianne Livingston

Taye Diggs ... Sheriff Artie Bonner

Glynnis O'Connor ... Connie Campbell

Joanna Canton ... Sarah

Eric Michael Cole ... Warren

Oliver Hudson ... Josh
Dean James ... Max
J. Michael Hunter ... Charlie
Edmund Kearney ... Dean (as Edmund J. Kearney)

Don Henderson Baker ... Haas

Shawn Michelle Cosby ... Joanie
Ralph Price ... Eddie
Lynda Clark ... Interviewer

Ben Epps ... Dexter
Dale Frye ... Trainer

Scott Miles ... Bartender
Sandi Shackelford ... Hadley's Doctor

Rhoda Griffis ... Attending Nurse

Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Orderly
Christopher Monroe Stokes ... Dion (as Christopher Stokes)

Ed Grady ... Alicia's Doctor

Michael Mattison ... Bud
Cordelia G. McArtor ... Sister Devore
Melissa Kuulei Stites ... Townie Girl
Robert Pentz ... ER Nurse
Melissa L. Bitto ... Nurse
Marie C. Hooks ... Nurse
Chad Brandon ... Trevor's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rhonda Marie Alston ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Jennifer A. Barnes ... Student (uncredited)
Joe Cobb Jr. ... Drunk Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tom Cooper ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Michael Stanton Kennedy ... Mayor Elway (uncredited)

Gary Lane ... Party Twin (uncredited)
Larry Lane ... Party Twin (uncredited)

David F. Maxwell ... Short Order Cook (uncredited)
Jamie Brooks McCullough ... ER Staff (uncredited)

Edwin Modlin II ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Zoe Clarke-Williams 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Victoria Strouse (written by)

Produced by
Tom Gorai .... consulting producer
Frank Mancuso Jr. .... producer
Vikki Williams .... line producer
 
Original Music by
David A. Hughes 
John Murphy 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Priestley Jr.  (as Tom Priestley)
 
Film Editing by
Norman Buckley 
Leo Trombetta 
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
 
Production Design by
Burton Rencher 
 
Art Direction by
Linwood Taylor 
 
Set Decoration by
Valerie Fann 
 
Costume Design by
Patsy Rainey  (as Patsy C. Rainey)
 
Makeup Department
Roy Bryson .... key hair stylist
Kelly Jefferson .... makeup artist (as Kelley Gore Jefferson)
Linda Kamp .... key makeup artist
Pamela Priest .... key hair stylist (as Pamela B. Priest)
 
Production Management
Perry Husman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Hemingway .... second assistant director (as Anthony M. Hemingway)
Michael G. Jefferson .... second second assistant director
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Battistelli .... construction coordinator (as Pete Battistelli)
Matt Fann .... on-set dresser
Brian Avery Galligan .... assistant property master
Kevin Hardison .... lead set designer
Jake Ippolito .... set dresser
David H. Jackson .... propmaker gang boss (as David Jackson)
Doug Kelejian .... set dresser (as Douglas Kelejian)
Stephanie Kern .... stand-by painter (as Stephanie M. Kern)
Patrick King .... set dresser
Ted J. Koch .... property master
Carl A. Kojis .... lead man (as Carl Kojis)
Joe Magid .... art department coordinator (as Joseph Magid)
A.E. Stapleton .... construction mill foreman (as Arthur 'Jeep' Stapleton)
Robert Testerman .... paint foreman (as Robert W. Testerman)
Abbie-Stuart Todd .... buyer
J. Brad Watson .... set dresser (as Brad Watson)
Ralph Woollaston .... construction foreman (as Ralph A. Woollaston)
Richard Forest Kern .... propmaker (uncredited)
Christopher Kuder .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Joe Bosco .... adr recordist
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Jones .... dialogue editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Tony Nitti .... stereo sound consultant: SDDS
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer (as Vincent Perry)
Michael Rayle .... cable
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Carl Rudisill .... production sound mixer
Susan Shin .... adr supervisor
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Waters .... supervising sound editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Schorr .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
John Copeman .... stunt rigger
Dean Mumford .... stunt coordinator
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunts
Dino Muccio .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sonia Bland .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Lynn Dodson .... chief lighting technician (as Lynn 'LD' Dodson)
Frank Godwin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mark Graves .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Mark D. Graves)
Robert Hoelen .... best boy rigging grip
Jeff 'Moose' Howery .... second company grip (as Jeffrey B. 'Moose' Howery)
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mark C. McManus .... video assist operator (as Mark McManus)
Jeff Moore .... camera operator
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Darrell B. Sheldon .... dolly grip
Dave Spencer .... grip
Tommy Ray Sullivan .... assistant rigging lighting technician (as Tommy Sullivan)
John R. Sutton .... key rigging grip (as John Sutton)
Stephen Thompson .... key rigging lighting technician (as Steve Thompson)
Bo Webb .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Dennis Zoppe .... key grip (as Dennis S. Zoppe)
Simon Carey .... electrician (uncredited)
Tom Dean .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Shannon DeAntonio .... extras casting
Mercedes Kelso .... casting associate: New York (as Mercedes Danforth)
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Elizabeth Lang Fedrick)
Robin Carlan .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Maxann Crotts .... additional extras casting (uncredited)
Craig Fincannon .... casting: location (uncredited)
Karen Meisels .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julian J. Filiberti .... costume supervisor
Yvonne R. Fraser .... costumer (as Yvonne Fraser)
Thomas Halligan .... key costumer
Natalie Nye .... seamstress
Fatemeh 'Fati' Parsia .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
David Jaeckin .... color timer
Jeff McEvoy .... first assistant editor
Matthew Ramsey .... additional first assistant editor
Richard Russel .... on-line editor
Michael Schlitt .... digital film recordist
Kevin Shaw .... colorist: final correction
Les Vary .... digital film recordist
 
Music Department
Michael Baber .... music editor
Richard Ford .... music editor
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor
Jennifer V. Whiting .... music legal
Matt Dunkley .... music arranger: song (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tom Moore .... transportation captain (as Thomas B. Moore)
Shane Summers .... transportation coordinator
Robert Van Apeldoorn .... transportation
Frank Benettieri Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Donald Binder .... driver (uncredited)
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Brett Leslie .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Clyde D. Baisey .... first aid (as Clyde Baisey)
Jane Beck .... assistant accountant (as Jane V. Beck)
Frank Bluestein .... consultant
Rose Cox .... craft service
Brenda Dalrymple .... clearance coordinator (as Brenda W. Dalrymple)
Dilsey Davis .... stand-in (as Dilsey M. Davis)
Jason Davis .... production assistant
Craig Edwards .... production assistant
Lettyann Felts .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Kat Fowler .... production assistant
Barbara Efthymiou Harris .... production assistant
Alan A. Hart .... technical advisor
Michael Hoffman .... production assistant
Lisa Jakuowski .... stand-in
Tracy L. Kettler .... production coordinator (as T.L. Kettler)
Casey Leming .... electronic titles (as Casey Lemming)
Betty H. Matejka .... assistant: Ms. Clarke-Williams
Robert McInnis .... creative consultant: main titles
Mandy Moore .... stand-in
Mary Beth Moore .... assistant: Mr. Mancuso Jr.
Susan Morris-Bean .... assistant production coordinator
Doug Nicely .... location manager
Leo O'Sullivan .... production assistant
Rudy A. Persico .... key set production assistant (as Rudy Persico)
Kathy Rayle .... production secretary (as Kathy Parthemos)
Steve Rhea .... location manager: Charleston
Sally L. Robison .... first aid
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan .... script supervisor
Ron Servicky .... assistant location manager
Kelley Sims .... first assistant accountant (as Kelley R. Sims)
Andrew D. Stocker .... assistant accountant (as Andrew Stocker)
Jenni Villegas .... executive assistant: Mr. Mancuso Jr.
Anne Wilson .... accountant
Robert Wratten .... production assistant
Bryan Yaconelli .... assistant accountant
Hoyt Hamlin .... photo double: Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Munn .... medic (uncredited)
Leo O'Sullivan .... film runner (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Best Friend" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, language and drug use
Runtime:
91 min
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Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sydney and Alicia are talking on the bed, one of Alicia's lines doesn't match her lip movements.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Post Modern SleazeSee more »

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Something to be studied..., 4 September 2002
Author: surenm from Los Angeles, CA

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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