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Rent a Friend (2000)

In Rent a Friend the talented painter ARTHUR is suffering from an artist's block. Alfred does not bother about becoming rich and famous. He sticks to painting bright coloured Mexican hats. ... See full summary »


Eddy Terstall


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Credited cast:
Marc van Uchelen Marc van Uchelen ... Alfred
Rifka Lodeizen ... Moniek
Nadja Hüpscher Nadja Hüpscher ... Françoise
Natasja Loturco Natasja Loturco ... Anja
Femke Lakerveld Femke Lakerveld ... Carolina / Myrthe
Huub Stapel ... Dhr. Bloedworst
Victor Löw ... Dhr. van Duitschenbloed
Peer Mascini Peer Mascini ... Smulders
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Arenas Maria Arenas ... Exotic waitress
Henk Bakboord Henk Bakboord ... Peter / Roy
Marlies Bark Marlies Bark ... Marjan
Edwin Bolderheij Edwin Bolderheij ... Max
Arthur De Boer Arthur De Boer ... Tony
Tim de Zwart Tim de Zwart ... Frits
Daan Ekkel Daan Ekkel ... Wiert


In Rent a Friend the talented painter ARTHUR is suffering from an artist's block. Alfred does not bother about becoming rich and famous. He sticks to painting bright coloured Mexican hats. Alfred's total lack of ambition increasingly irritates his girlfriend MONIEK. Moniek is a successful writer of a popular Dutch soap opera and she is continuously accusing Alfred of having no commercial instinct. The soap episodes created by Moniek are totally based on her own life. When Alfred sees one of the episodes, he correctly infers that she is having an affair with the executive producer. He decides to leave Moniek and sets out to show the world that he doesn't have a problem with making money. He starts a company called Rent a Friend and rents himself out as a friend to those in need of one. The concept is so successful that he soon is running a veritable "friends empire". Things really take off when Alfred hires the highly inventive manager Françoise. Moniek, by this time, is lonely and ... Written by <femke-anna@sndfilms.com>

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A romantic comedy about money See more »


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Release Date:

2 March 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Rent-a-friend See more »

Filming Locations:

Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands See more »

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Jordaan Film,BNN TV,Fu Works See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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All dogs (four of them) appearing in the movie are credited by name. See more »


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Funniest Dutch movie in years!!!
10 January 2001 | by greatgonzoSee all my reviews

After having seen Rent-a-Friend for the first time (at the Rotterdam Film Festival), the smile at my face didn't disappear for hours. THIS MOVIE IS REALLY FUNNY!!! And there aren't lots of FUNNY Dutch films (except 'Flodder' and 'Abel' (both 1986) or perhaps Terstall's previous movie, 'Based on a Novel'). And wasn't a comedy -first of all- supposed to be funny?

Of course, Terstalls films all have certain things in common. For example, they are -like a cabaret show- more based on fragements and funny scenes than at a great story. The same in Rent-a-Friend. BUT in this film it doesn't matter, because the basic idea (friendship for sale) is simply brilliant.

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