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Second Best -- 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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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Eric Weber 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Weber 

Produced by
Callum Greene .... producer
Pamela Hirsch .... line producer
Anthony Katagas .... producer
Paul Mayersohn .... executive producer
Joe Pantoliano .... producer
Doug Torres .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Leccese 
Tom O'Brien 
Joe Weber 
Nathan Wilson 
Cinematography by
Chris Norr 
Film Editing by
Craig Cobb 
Casting by
Lina Todd 
Production Design by
John Nyomarkay 
Art Direction by
Mila Khalevich 
Set Decoration by
Ethan Tobman 
Costume Design by
Kitty Boots 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... assistant makeup artist
Ryan McKnight .... makeup artist
Leo Won .... key hair stylist
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Matt Christensen .... post-production supervisor
Louise Fenton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kara Doherty .... second assistant director
Kimberly Metsch .... second second assistant director
Curtis Smith .... assistant director
Doug Torres .... second unit director
Art Department
Alida Jung .... property master
Gary Kroytor .... set dresser
Alanna Levy .... assistant property master
Shane Rasco .... lead man
Sound Department
Joshua Anderson .... boom operator
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound designer
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound editor
Eric Offin .... sound mixer
Eric Rolnick .... foley mixer
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Russomanno .... title designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Billeter .... first assistant camera
Ethan Borsuk .... assistant camera: second unit
Hilary Craven .... still photographer
Jon Delgado .... director of photography: second unit
Jonathan Healey .... still photographer
Marcus Lehmann .... best boy electric
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera
Noah David Smith .... additional cinematographer
David Stern .... key grip
Steffen Unger .... gaffer
Andy Westbrook .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Anthony Serignese .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Michelle Botticelli .... additional editor
Sarah Flack .... additional editor
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production coordinator
Trevor Ristow .... additional editor
Larry Schmitt .... on-line editor
Music Department
James Flatto .... music editor
Other crew
Laura Danese .... production office coordinator
Steve Faughnan .... location assistant
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager
Matthew Rodbard .... production assistant
Carl Schel .... location manager
Andrew Vona .... office production assistant
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Mike Spera .... thanks

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Rated R for language and sexual content
86 min | Canada:90 min (Ontario)
Canada:14A (Ontario) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)

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Elliot:[reading from his printed leaflet] Okay: The Losingest Loser Bares All. I have an unusually small penis. And while it's okay walking around my bedroom, it's hell in a locker room.See more »


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Thank God for the marvelous cast of character actors who winningly portray a group of born losers facing up to the awful truth!, 25 July 2005
Author: SONNYK_USA from NYC

Depending on your point-of-view, this story of 'Elliot', a self-proclaimed loser, is alternately depressing and amusing as it follows the travails of the ultimate frustrated writer. His animosity towards the world grows when he can't get published and is forced to post his 'literary' work around town on flyers stuck to telephone poles.

Then, to his surprise, Elliot's pseudo-'fictional' prose gets a response as it begins to strike a chord with his fellow downtrodden underachievers. But as pungent and funny as some of Elliot's observations may be to audience members, they do manage to strike his 'serious' readers close to the heart while at the same time aiming alarmingly closer to the bone of his close friends and associates.

Perfectly cast as said loser 'Elliot' is veteran actor Joe 'Joey Pants' Pantoliano who's supporting work in big-budget films like "The Matrix" and "Memento" has finally garnered him a major film role (of sorts). Elliot's sardonic wit gets a many-layered recitation from Pantoliano's lips (via voice-over primarily) as he perfectly captures the psychological depression and self-abuse that goes along with being the eternal outsider. Not to mention the even more deplorable fact that Elliot is a man who's sunk so low he's willing to borrow money from his ex-wife, mother, AND son just to maintain his paltry existence (and help pay for the flyers).

Elliot's polar opposite is his mega-successful childhood pal 'Richard', well-played with jaded zeal by veteran stage actor Guy Boyd, who continually dodges Elliots questions regarding a potential screenplay to be developed. Richard's knowledge of the business prevents his recognition of Elliot's populist appeal, leaving him with unenviable task of having to bring Elliot back to reality. Between them there is also an underlying jealousy which fuels their need to score decidedly humorous zingers against each other. Both Pantoliano and Boyd make the most of these verbal duels making these scenes the most enjoyable of the film.

The rest of the supporting cast is also above par and each character is given a choice moment to respond to Elliot's damnation of their feeble existences. The losers gang also provides plenty of comic relief throughout the film from the golf course to the local singles bar.

If it weren't for the reality TV audio quality and subpar video transfer this film would be very easy to recommend. However, if you feel that film is a visual medium and your theater isn't projecting this film in its original digital format then you might want to wait for the DVD. It'll be just as funny as a small-screen experience and a lot cleaner technically.

However, if you are the losingest loser in your neighborhood then maybe you should watch a second rate print of "Second Best" just to soothe your damaged ego. In any case, you've been warned.

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