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Best F(r)iends: Volume 1 (2017)

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When a drifter befriends a quirky mortician, an unlikely business partnership is formed. Paranoia soon develops, however, and both men are forced to come to terms with the fragility of friendship and loyalty.

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Justin MacGregor

Writer:

Greg Sestero
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Cast

Credited cast:
Greg Sestero ... Jon Kortina
Tommy Wiseau ... Harvey Lewis
Kristen StephensonPino ... Traci Walton
Vince Jolivette Vince Jolivette ... Andrei
Rick Edwards ... Rick Stanton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Bissell Tom Bissell ... Martin
Michael Davis ... Car Salesman
Robert Briscoe Evans ... Social Worker
Carter Friend ... Lester Green
Angelina Guido ... Andrei's Girl 2
Blake Hastings Blake Hastings ... Young Jon
Erin Hodgkins Erin Hodgkins ... Elizabeth
Kristopher MacGregor ... Christmas Boyfriend
Trisha Miller ... Jon's Mom
Doreen Morales Doreen Morales ... Dental Hygienist
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When a drifter (Sestero) is taken in by a peculiar mortician (Wiseau), the two hatch an underground enterprise off the back of the mortician's old habits. But greed, hatred, and jealousy soon come in turn, and their efforts unravel, causing the drifter to run off with the spoils and leaving the mortician adrift.

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Friendship before money.

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some grisly images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Т(о)варищи на века: Часть 1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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(Prince Charles Cinema)

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1.90 : 1
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In the credits, it lists Mark Damon as the Line Producer. After seeing The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Tommy Wiseau mistook Matt Damon's name for Mark Damon and then used the name Mark for Greg Sestero's character in The Room. During the production of The Room, Sestero worked as the films Line Producer, despite not knowing what a Line Producer is supposed to do. See more »

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Harvey Lewis: You look like a homeless person.
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Great story, quite wobbly execution.
20 April 2018 | by MovieTrialsSee all my reviews

Best F(r)iends establishes Greg Sestero as an interesting and quite exciting storyteller. And at the same time it serves as a great closing chapter in the entire Room story that has now expanded over books and film - not to mention The Room itself. Its a great love letter to the unique friendship between Sestero and Wiseau, and its great to see how Tommy actually gets a part that suits his style. In this film, he delivers genuinely touching moments and shows a great vulnerability at times. Greg also creates a nice underplayed character in the homeless Jon, searching for some sort of human relationship after the loss of his mother. These two souls who each has a deep sadness in their lives, finds a kinship in each other. Probably not unlike the real versions of Sestero and Wiseau. The story is told as a noir thriller, and works like this in quite a few places, as well as taking really intersting and original turns, which kept me curious about what was waiting around the next corner. Unfortunately the direction and editing drags the film down. In some scenes it seems like the director has been more interested in the technical aspect, instead of directing the actors, or maybe it comes down to inexperience. But the editing is what really does the film a huge disservice. Scenes go on way too long, they dwell on overly long shots, and there are several moments that just seems unnecessary, and dull. Scenes that should have been cut. And then there are several slow motion cuts, which just seems kinda pretentious. The film is also edited by the director, and its seems to me like has been way too close to the material to actually see what the film needed. He is in love with his own shots (he is also the DP), and seems more interested in showing those, than actually telling a story. And the score (great as it is by Dan Platzman of Imagine Dragons) is also weirdly edited, and seems spliced together with other parts of the score in some scenes. And generally the film would benefit from more quiet moments, without having the score intrude in basically every scene.

Because of all this, the film at times comes across as more of an amateur / student production, which is really too bad because as I've stated, I really enjoyed the story as well as Wiseau and Sesteros performances, which still made me have a good time. Better editing could have just lifted this into something really special and totally unique. I am still looking forward to part 2 though, since there are a lot of exciting questions being put forward in this one, and a lot of places it could go. Just hope that it will be a tighter experience.


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