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The Best Man (2005)

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A guy tries to help his best friend win the attention of the girl of his dreams.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raphael Schwartz ...
Jacob Moriarty ...
Callum Williams ...
Steve John Shepherd ...
Big-Time Publisher
Máté Haumann ...
Work Experience (as Mate Haumann)
Bus Driver
Mike Kelly ...
Party Bore
Mr. Barker


After Olly Pickering and his youth friend and dorm mate Murray graduate, Olly, a promising author, gets a contract and advance, which somehow kills his nerve, even about using urinals. Writer's block forces him to move into professionally successful Murray's Soho (London) spare room and take a crappy job as publishing research assistant. Asked as New York trip friend James's London wedding best man, Oly falls in love at the bachelor party. Alas the flirt turns out to be bride Sarah. Olly would graciously walk away, but sassy Murray keeps arranging, resourcefully, for them to meet and in the process gets on with her bitchy sister. Olly's moral reserve is reconsidered when James admits he isn't monogamous. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


May the best man win.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

19 January 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Best Man, Worst Friend  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Amy Smart is married to Carter Oosterhouse from HGTV. (2011) See more »


Olly Pickering: I've been in love.
Sarah Marie Barker: You have? What was it like?
Olly Pickering: Some people say that the ground falls away beneath you but with me, it was as if I suddenly knew the ground was there, as though I could feel the entire planet right there beneath the soles of my feet.
Olly Pickering: Although I felt the same way when I went up the Empire State Building.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Vanishing Point
Written and Produced by James Edward Barker & Tim Despic
Performed by James Edward Barker & Tim Despic
©Veneration Music 2005
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functional rom-com
10 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Olly Pickering (Stuart Townsend) and Murray (Seth Green) are childhood friends. They drift apart when Olly goes to college making new friends like James. James and Murray hate each other. Olly graduates and starts writing. Despite early promise, he soon suffers a crisis of confidence. He reconnects with a successful Murray and settles into a drab life without ambitions. James asks Olly to be his best man but he's afraid of writing the best man's speech. On top of everything, he falls for the bride Sarah Marie Barker (Amy Smart).

The story is functional rom-com. There are a couple oddities. I can't accept Seth Green as British. It's funny that Amy Smart has no accents while the sister played by Kate Ashfield is definitely British. Stuart Townsend doesn't have it in him to do slapstick comedy. Despite all of that, the story has all the elements of the rom-com formula and it's somewhat functional as such.

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