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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

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May the best man win.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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19 January 2006 (Germany)  »

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Best Man, Worst Friend  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Amy Smart is married to Carter Oosterhouse from HGTV. (2011) See more »

Quotes

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 Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) See more »

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You Were Always Happy
Written by Lee
Published by Hitbox Music
Performed by Spearmint
Licensed courtesy of Hitback
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Quirky modernization of Midsummer Night's Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac
27 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I recently picked up the movie at the videostore with nearly no expectations whatsoever. I had never heard of the film, but was in the mood for some romantic-comedy fluff. As I fired up my DVD-player, I prepared myself for the worst. Instead I was pleasantly surprised with an entertaining amusing take on Midsummer Night's Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac.

The quirky humour is introduced straight from the start of the movie and continues all the way through, with all the wonderful twists and turns you expect from Midsummer's, starring the very charming and handsome Stuart Townsend as the Cyrano figure.

The performances ranged from decent to good, with Stuart Townsend and Seth Green being the only two who seemed to actually work on their performances. (Has Amy Smart ever played something other than the pretty girl?) As it's based on these two extremely well-known stories the plot is very familiar, but I found that this didn't take away from my enjoyment of the film at all.

I very much recommend this film to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies, or would like to see new interpretations of the classic stories.


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