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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Townsend ... Olly Pickering
Raphael Schwartz Raphael Schwartz ... Olly Aged 2
Jacob Collier ... Olly Aged 10 (as Jacob Moriarty)
Callum Williams Callum Williams ... Murray Aged 10
Seth Green ... Murray
Steve John Shepherd ... James
Simon Callow ... Big-Time Publisher
Jodhi May ... Tania
Máté Haumann ... Work Experience (as Mate Haumann)
Anna Chancellor ... Dana
Burn Gorman ... Bus Driver
Ian Hanmore ... Drunk
Raymond Coulthard ... Chris
Mike Kelly ... Party Bore
Philip Jackson ... Mr. Barker
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

May the best man win.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Hungary | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Man, Worst Friend See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$839,117
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Alternate Versions

For the German DVD release the aspect ratio was modified from 2,35:1 to 1,78:1. See more »

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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Perfect Love Song
Written by Hannon
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by The Divine Comedy
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Sometimes charming, sometimes not
30 July 2006 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

"The Best Man" explores well known territory. The best man falls for the bride who is about to marry a cheating, selfish bastard. We've seen it before and we've probably seen it better, too. Still, "The Best Man" gets away with rehashing a story that's older than Prince Charles' mom, because it's really charming at times. The mixed ensemble of British and American actors make a lot out of some rather trite lines in the script. Seth Green steals the show. The movie is at its worst when it's trying to be cute or sell Townsend as a lovable clown, when he's really so clumsy he should be locked away. And, oh, the "wrong chapel" joke at the end, that one's older than Catherine Zeta-Jones' husband! Still, "The Best Man" doesn't try to be anything else than a nice little romantic flick which gets a chuckle out of you every now and then and that's just what it is. Good clean fun to watch with your partner on a comfy evening at home.


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