Saturday, February 07, 2009
By Kyra Kudick | Posted: 08 Jan 2009
Box Office $19.2 million
$29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for strong language and sexual content throughout, including graphic dialogue and some nudity. Unrated version also available.
Stars Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Jason Biggs, Alec Baldwin, Lizzy Caplan, Diora Baird.
In My Best Friend’s Girl Dane Cook plays Tank, a guy who is such a world-class cad, other men pay him to take their ex-girlfriends on bad dates so the ladies will come running back to them.
All is well in Tank’s world until his best friend (Jason Biggs) hires him, and instead of sending the beautiful girl (Kate Hudson) back into his friend’s arms, Tank falls for her.
OK, so it isn’t the most original idea for a romantic comedy, but since finding an original rom-com is like spotting a unicorn or a leprechaun, I wasn’t going to hold that against it. And I’m glad I didn’t because this movie is funny as hell.
Actually, when considering the crude sex-comedy genre, I would put My Best Friend’s Girl more on par with There’s Something About Mary than more recent (and lesser) gross-out films. That is perhaps attributable to Hudson, whose mere presence lends a sort of class and spirit of playfulness to the disgusting antics around her.
Cook and Biggs are just as funny as you would expect them to be, with Cook a bit more vulnerable and charming than usual. And Alec Baldwin gives an amusing performance, chewing the scenery as Tank’s oversexed professor father.
The DVD is loaded with special features, including an audio commentary with Biggs, writer Jordan Cahan and producer Greg Lessans, during which they play a drinking game in which anytime they tell a lie, they have to take a drink (it isn’t as amusing as it sounds).
The featurette “Making It in Beantown: Where It All Began” is essentially a love note from the cast to the city of Boston, and the three other featurettes “The Cast’s Guide to Dating,” “A to Z: Professor Turner’s Sexist Rating System,” and “The Prom: A Teen Rite of Passage” feature somewhat amusing interviews with the cast about their personal experiences.
Also included is an audio commentary with director Howard Deutch and the usual deleted and extended scenes.