Second Best (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 January 2004 (USA)
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Jealousy overwhelms a group of friends, particularly struggling writer Elliot, as they prepare for the homecoming of their old friend, a wildly successful L.A. producer.



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Second Best is the story of five male baby boomers all nearing 50. They graduated from college together, ready to take on the world, but only one of the group has done exceptionally well. His visit back East to hang out with the old gang triggers the most intense feelings of inadequacy and "second bestness," particularly in his oldest and closest friend. Written by Anonymous

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Losing sucks, but it doesn't necessarily kill you.



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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »


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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

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O Fracasso é um Sucesso  »

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Elliot: You know, I still can't picture you two having sex.
Paula: Oh, wait a minute! You can't picture me *making love* with my successful, clean-shaven husband, who wears Paul Stuart suits, but you can see me jumping into bed with a guy that I have to lend money to, pay alimony to, who hasn't washed that tee-shirt since, like, Christmas?
Elliot: Chanukah.
George: See you, Elliot.
Paula: See you, George.
[George leaves]
Elliot: Bet he never gave you eight orgasms.
Paula: Oh Elliot, when are you going to realize sex is only part of a ...
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good dialog, fine acting and directing
28 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

fine film, situations are very much a part of many peoples lives. entertaining storyline, filled with real life situations. who among us hasn't suffered from feeling second best. a good reflection of many peoples feelings and insecurities. good casting and well directed film. film takes you through a full range of emotions, laughter, angst, it's all there. acting is very good. scene locations are excellent. constantly reminded of personal situations that are similar to film. if you have ever felt second best, you will enjoy the film. and who hasn't felt that at some point. it makes a common human condition very entertaining.

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