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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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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] That was right about the time my beautiful wife Paula was leaving me for the architect who designed the house we could no longer afford. A handsome, athletic man with a six-figure income and a pleasant, respectful manner.
Elliot:I know I'll never get over loving her for the rest of my life.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
SECOND BEST is special, 27 January 2005
Author: gibbypatt from United States

I saw SECOND BEST last year at the Sundance Film Festival. Eric Weber has brought us a heart-felt and touching film about the lovable loser Elliot (played by the always entertaining Joe Pantoliano). Beyond being bitter sweet, this film is also very funny. It is not very often that a movie combines being so tragic and hilarious as well as Eric has in this film.

As a woman, I also found this movie enlightening. It is rare look into what men are really thinking from envy of wealthy friends to attraction to women they cannot have. This movie is required viewing for every woman out there, believe me, it makes you think! See this movie. You will be glad you did.

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