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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 ...
Olly Aged 2
Jacob Moriarty ...
Olly Aged 10
Callum Williams ...
Murray Aged 10
Big-Time Publisher
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

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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 Ladies in Lavender (2004) See more »


Think I Am You
Written and Produced by James Edward Barker & Tim Despic
Performed by James Edward Barker & Tim Despic
©Veneration Music 2005
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Light, cute fluff
21 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I would have titled this summary an Okay, typical romantic comedy, but somebody already used that title!! In fact, my review is not much different than that review but I just wanted to add my two cents. Or two shillings, whatever that may be, as this movie is set in London.

It's a nice, light Romantic Comedy. There's no earth shattering observations and there's no attempt to relate the characters situation to any deeper event or philosophy. Which is cool. If I wanted that I'd be watching something other than a cute RomCom!! I wouldn't be happy if I paid $10 a head to see this in a theater, but as an available instant view on the web it's OK.

I wonder if somebody like Russell Brand could have turned the budding groom into a crazier, more gonzo character, but I don't think that would have helped the movie much. For what it is it's OK.

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