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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.







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Olly Pickering
Raphael Schwartz ... Olly Aged 2
Jacob Moriarty ... Olly Aged 10
Callum Williams ... Murray Aged 10
... Murray
... James
... Big-Time Publisher
... Tania
... Work Experience (as Mate Haumann)
... Dana
... Bus Driver
... Drunk
... Chris
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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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 Top Gun (1986) See more »


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Sometimes charming, sometimes not
30 July 2006 | by See 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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