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My Best Friend's Girl (2008)

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Tank faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

Jordan Cahan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Cook ... Tank
Kate Hudson ... Alexis
Alec Baldwin ... Professor Turner
Jason Biggs ... Dustin
Diora Baird ... Rachel
Lizzy Caplan ... Ami
Riki Lindhome ... Hilary
Mini Anden ... Lizzy
Hilary Pingle ... Claire
Nate Torrence ... Craig
Malcolm Barrett ... Dwalu
Taran Killam ... Josh
Faye Grant ... Merrilee
Richard Snee Richard Snee ... Brian
Amanda Brooks ... Carly
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Storyline

Dustin, an amiable guy, is in love with Alexis, a coworker. When she tells him she just wants to be friends, he hires his roommate Tank, a fast-talking, amoral scoundrel who has a side business: men whose women have dumped them hire Tank to take their ex-girlfriends out on the date from Hell, to drive the women back into their old boyfriends' arms. He takes out Alexis who, against her better judgment, decides she needs some randy fun, so Tank is in a quandary: take Alexis up on her offer, or stay true to his friend. More complications ensue as the wedding of Alexis's sister approaches. Tank seeks advice from his father, Dustin pursues Alexis, and questions of self-worth need answers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

It's funny what love can make you do...

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and sexual content throughout, including graphic dialogue and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bachelor No. 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,265,357, 21 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,219,250, 23 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,622,502
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene in which Dane Cook grabs and squeezes Kate Hudson's butt, a "stunt butt" was used. See more »

Goofs

While Alexis is getting ready for her first date with Tank, she had a margarita in her left hand. Her roommate walks toward her with a leopard-print blouse. Mid-sentence, the camera angle changes, Alexis is wearing the leopard-print blouse and black scarf, and the margarita is in her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Tank: You can stop trying to be clever Alexis because the funniest thing that will ever come out of you is me.
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Alternate Versions

For the UK cinema release, the distributor wanted to remove 1 minute and 7 seconds of footage to make it containable at the '15' certificate instead of an uncut '18'. As a result, in this version we do not see a man's head between the buttocks of a lap-dancer, nor do we hear a man telling an adult joke to children nor a crude and explicit monologue about a sexual experience. One aggressive use of very strong language was also deleted. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Ancient Pyramid
Written by George Philip Thornton
Performed by Hossam Ramzy (as Hassam Ramzy) and Phil Thornton
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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Definite guilty pleasure for me, headlined by Jesus Crust - where pizza is a religious experience!
1 November 2008 | by herb_at_qediSee all my reviews

I went to this only because I couldn't get into the movie I came to the theater for. I don't know Dane Cook's stand-up and hated him in the overrated Dan In Real Life. But, we figured we could pass time for two hours so we went in.

It started routinely enough. Okay, the guy gets paid to be the date from heck so the girls goes crying back into her guy's arms. Okay concept, if executed well. Then we get Jason Biggs trying to clean up his act to impress Kate Hudson who likes him but is not wowed by him. Since Jason is Dane's roommate, he hires Dane to do his specialty. By this point, we're 20+ minutes into the movie and it made me laugh twice and is otherwise pretty lame. I looked at my watch. Then, Kate's roommate preps her for the date to sow some wild oats and the real fun begins.

The humor in My Best Friend's Girl is rude, crude, inappropriate, socially irredeemable -- and made me laugh out loud - a lot! Cook's chemistry with Hudson was electric. The twist is she can give as good as she gets and vice versa. She gets under his skin, but he stays in denial, leading to his next assignment which to me was the high point of the movie. The girl is religious and he takes her to a restaurant in an old church called Jesus Crust - where pizza is a religious experience. i don't want to spoil the inspired gags in this sequence, but I was nearly rolling in the aisles. This victim actually winds up setting the stage for a few plot twists I didn't expect. The movie is raucous fun from then on until the end.

I thought Alec Baldwin was absurdly funny as the Women's Studies professor who is Cook's father. His chemistry with Cook is also terrific. Cook's former client who is about to marry Kate's sister is also hilarious as is she and the woman playing Kate's mother. Then, the movie goes a bit soft,conventional, and derivative -- but is still witty at the end, and the last two scenes play out nicely.

This is not a piece of art, but if you ever went to frat parties and can remember having fun at them and want to spend some time laughing out loud, give My Best Friend's Girl a look. I work in Manhattan so I have to be careful to whom I say I liked this movie -- that's why I call it a guilty pleasure!


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