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      27.05.2014 18:33
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      A great romantic comedy with a different feel

      My Best Friend''s Girl is a film I absolutely love but my wife simply can''t stand and says is too much of a guys take on the romantic comedy but for me that is what makes it feel so different, fresh and funny.

      The film sees Dane Cook starring as Tank who is a call handler responsible for coaching new starts in the company he works for but who has something of hobby which sees him earning a little extra on the side by taking his clients ex-girlfriends out on the very worst date imaginable to make them realize just what they are missing out on by leaving their previous relationship. When his best friend and step-cousin Dustin (the hilarious Jason Biggs) falls for one of his colleague Alexis (played brilliantly by Kate Hudson) at work and professes his love only to find that she only wants to be friends he asks Tank for assistance in proving just how much she wants a good guy like Dustin but when Tank finds that Alexis is not like his previous clients ex''s as she is not so simple to turn off the idea of him can he stay true to his best friend as well as being true to himself?

      The casting of this film is simply fantastic as Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson and Dane Cook all put in simply amazing performances and have a great chemistry. The laughs are throughout the film and come through a well thought out plot that works well to deliver a good romantic comedy with a different feel from the normal ones and as a guy I much prefer. Highly recommended.

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      27.11.2012 08:34
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      Good film, worth a watch

      I do like Kate Hudson and usually I enjoy the films she is in so when I saw this the other day I decided to give it a watch as the plot sounded fun and interesting and it sounded like a good comedy. This is a film only review.

      ==Plot==
      Tank is in his 30s and he is more than happy to say that he is a ladies man. He loves nothing more of an evening than going out, drinking too much, finding some poor unsuspecting woman, taking her home and never calling her again. His flatmate, Dustin is the opposite. He has recently met a woman called Alexis and although they are taking things slowly he is quite certain that she is special and therefore he decides that on a date he is going to tell her how she feels. The pair have such great fun together he is quite certain she will say she feels the same...but she doesn't. Instead she freaks and decides that she thinks they should see other people.

      Dustin is broken. He really liked Alexis and thought she felt the same. He is unsure what to do next when he decides to ask for Tanks help. Dustin is certain that if Tank takes Alexis out on one of his notorious bad dates she will be running back to him, desperate to pick things back up. Tank is more than happy to oblige after a little persuasion - after all, who can turn down a date with a beautiful woman?

      ==Opinion==
      I found that this film took a little while to get going and it began quite slowly as we were introduced to a number of people before Alexis even suggested to Dustin they should see other people. I don't think that we were given enough time to get to know Dustin either as I think that if we did we would have felt closer to him and more protective, instead I watched the film seeing Dustin as sort of an afterthought and he wasn't really at the front of the film throughout.

      I liked the character of Alexis, she was fun and bubbly but had both feet on the ground. I find that Kate Hudsons characters are almost always very similar but I still find her films fresh and new which I always enjoy.

      After the first half an hour or so I found that the plot flowed quickly and with ease. I found the storyline fun and interesting and I enjoyed watching it. The ending was well thought out and it wasn't predictable but I felt that everything was wrapped up well and I enjoyed the ending.

      The acting is very strong. The film is full of famous Hollywood faces and I enjoyed watching them in their individual roles. The film was a very easy watch and it is the type of film that is perfect for a laid back evening.

      ==Additional Information==
      The film was released in 2008.
      It is rated a 15 in the UK and I believe this is likely to be because of the presence of very strong language and also nudity.
      It runs for 101 minutes.
      It stars Kate Hudson, Dane Cook and Jason Biggs.

      ==Summary==
      I enjoyed this film and would definitely recommend it to others. I think that fans of chick flicks will enjoy this but I do think that men will like it too because it is very funny in places and the Hollywood A-listers do help aswell. The acting is first class and the plot is interesting and for the most part flows well. A decent film.

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        03.03.2012 09:05
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        One guy deliberately takes girls on the worst date of their lives.......

        My Best Friends Girl is the second of recent films that I have watched starring American actor, Dane Cook and once more is a great little comedy that seems to have slipped under my radar until now. Dane plays the part of Tank ~ the man guys go to when they want to get back their lost loves. Basically Tank arranges an accidental meeting with said girl and then uses his charm to get a date with them. He then takes them on the worst date of their lives, sending them back into the arms of their ex who suddenly doesn't seem so bad anymore! With hilarious results.......

        The problem arises when his best friend falls for a woman working in his office. His advances rejected (she just wants to be friends ~ yuk!), Dustin (played by American Pie's Jason Biggs) turns to Tank to hire his services. Which is fine until Tank realises two things: firstly this girl is just looking for a one night stand and so doesn't paticulary care how badly he treats her and secondly that he is starting to fall for her himself. When a kind of relationship between the two begins, based solely around her wanting great sex from him and nothing else, Tank finds himself trying to not just fight his feelings but also keeping the truth from Dustin. But some secrets just refuse to stay hidden and soon Tank has to face not just losing his girl but also his best friend......

        This is a hilarious comedy that often goes for the lowest common denominator and features scenes likely to gross you out but everyone starring in it is brilliant and the concept a truly original one for a rom-com. The opening scenes, in which we see Tank concluding one of his horrendous first dates and then through flashback all the events preceeding the end of the night, is simply divine and had me guiltily laughing out loud at more than one moment! Kate Hudson (someone I never really rated much in the past) is awesome as the love interest and only Biggs, who seems to be constantly re-living his American Pie character through various films, provides any kind of weakness. Don't get me wrong he's very good here but you do get the feeling that he is simply playing the same kind of role as he does in every film......can you say Typecast?

        Alec Baldwin is wonderfully cast as Tank's dad and some of his scenes are also amongst the funniest in the movie! In point of fact, this is one of the best comedies I have seen in ages and comes highly recommended. It's not something I might choose to watch in front of mum and dad and is certainly NOT a family film but it is very good nonetheless and I for one absolutely loved it! If you're looking for a rom-com with a big difference then this film is for you! And how I missed this first tme around, I will never know.....

        Currently selling on Amazon for £3.89..........

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        06.05.2010 16:23
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        a great comedy

        This is a great film, released in the UK in 2008 and directed by Howard Deutch.

        ** The Plot **

        Dustin is in love with Alexis but she dosent feel the same... mainly because they have only been on a few dates. Dustin is desperate for Alexis to reciprocate the feeling so he asks his best friend, Tank (who gives women bad dates so that their previous boyfriend looks like a saint, for cash) for his expert assistance. However things don't go to plan and instead of getting Alexis to fall for Dustin she ends up falling for Tank and to make matters worse Tank starts to develop feelings for Alexis. Will friendship conquer all or is it every man for himself?

        ** The cast **

        Dane Cook plays Tank Turner
        Jason Biggs plays Dustin
        Kate Hudson plays Alexis
        Diora Baird plays Rachel

        For a full list of cast you can visit www.imdb.com.

        ** My Opinion **

        I think the acting in this film is great, the actors/actresses fit will with their characters and their performances are believable. The characters are very easy to relate with, even Tank, who quite frankly is a bit of a jerk. I think this film shows just how good an actress Kate Hudson is, I think she is seriously underestimated, when you think of the best comical actresses I bet she wouldn't be on the list, but she should be, I think this film makes you think more seriously about her. She is so versatile and is a real joy to watch, she makes this film.

        The story is quite typical and you could actually imagine it happening. The director has chosen a good bunch of actors for this film and they all have chemistry together and gel well.

        Most of the film is hilariously funny, however there are a few scenes which are fairly emotional and you start to feel a little bit sorry for the characters. This dosent last for long though and has a good beginning, middle and end.

        Ive not thought much about this film since I watched it, until now, but I definitely think it will be a film I will be watching again in the near future.

        I think it appeals to both men and women as there are elements within the film that only guys or gals would understand.

        Overall I really liked this film, and I think that its great for loads of occasions whether your having friends over, romantic night in etc and its guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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        31.03.2010 01:23
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        Not your typical romantic comedy

        This film starring Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson, Dane Cook and Alec Baldwin is comedy with a twist of romance and love.

        Tank (Dane Cook) is a professional womaniser (I would use a stronger word but dont think it is appropriate). Guys who mess up with their girlfriends hire him to go on a date with the girl and he in turn gives the girl a really really bad date and thus make the ex look good. When Dustin (Jason Biggs) who is Tank's distant cousin and room mate needs help with Alexis (Kate Hudson), Tank gets a taste of his own medicine.

        This film has alot of humour that both men and women can relate to and find amusing. I think Kate Hudson did an excellent job in this film and thats maybe because she played a very predictive character that she almost always plays in most films, which she is very good at. Jason Bigg's character suited him absolutely fine. A little geeky and the good guy. Tank, played by Dane Cook was well casted too, a rough looking bad boy, who also is good looking, which you only notice when hes being the nice guy. Alec Baldwin, who plays Tank's dad's character was a little overplayed and I thought a little unbelievable. The way he spoke and the things he said in the film werent exactly convincing, but however that is probably part fault of the directors and half the actor.

        The film contains romance, humour and love but also crudeness which isnt always to everyones tastes. There were parts of the film, where I just cringed and thought... "oh no they didnt do that", but I suppose those parts were made for enjoyment of the male audience.

        Overall I thought the film was pretty good, but needed a few little tweeks. When it comes to romantic comedies, it is hardly your traditional one which is good for its originality.

        This is a good film and I really enjoyed it, but I probably wouldnt watch this film again, because of the crudeness of it and if I did, I certainly would have to watch it with just girls.

        A slightly crude film... good but not excellent.

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        22.11.2009 17:52
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        Morally defunct

        Dane Cook is a strange man; he goes from being a comedian (and not a particularly good one), to turning in a decent performance in the serial killer thriller Mr. Brooks, to then starring in dramedies like Dan in Real Life and My Best Friend's Girl, both of which deal with the morality of encroaching on the girlfriend of someone very close to you, albeit with Cook being on different sides of the spectrum. While in the former, he was the victim, here he is the agressor, but while the rest of the cast holds up, Cook just isn't charming enough and he comes across as in fact quite smarmy at times.

        Sherman 'Tank' Turner (Dane Cook) works at a cell center but moonlights with his own genius idea: when men are dumped, they come to him to get them to go out on a date with the girl, and then his job is to behave like an ass to ensure that the girl knows what she's missing with the guy she dumped, bringing her back to him. It's not hard to guess what happens - Dustin (Jason Biggs) is pining for Alexis (Kate Hudson), so asks Tank to take her out first, but then Tank falls for her and the two embark on a casual (read: sexual) relationshup, leaving Dustin high and dry.

        It's a decent enough idea, but like Dan in Real Life, it fails to aptly confront the MORALITY of the situation and settles for an easy solution that pleases everyone involved without being clever; it lazily introduces another love interest at the end to make Dustin forget about Alexis, and it's all too convenient and wrapped up to be clever or original. The film also suffers from a surplus of crude humour that's not clever.

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        18.10.2009 01:57
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        I don't think it will win any Oscar but it is worth watching it.

        Yesterday evening I had the chance to take a look at my wish list and choose a film. I decided to watch My Best Friend's Girl. I added to my list because of Kate Hudson. I was pretty sure that it will be a very good comedy.

        This film was directed by Howard Deutch. I checked the list of films he directed before and only The Hole Ten Yards seemed familiar. Naturally it wasn't his only one famous film he directed also the Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful and Family Affaire just to mention some. He is an American director in his late 50s and directed lots of films and TV series.

        The classification is 18 years and over as it had really strong language and sex references. The film was made in 2008, it is a comedy. The running time is about 100 minutes.


        Cast
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        Tank - Dane Cook
        Alexis - Kate Hudson
        Dustin - Jason Biggs
        Professor Turner - Alec Baldwin
        Rachel - Diora Baird


        Story
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        Tank (Dane Cook) besides being a customer service representative at an air distribution company earns some money by dating girls. Those guys who were recently fired hire Tank to date their ex. He can turn dates as bad as possible. The girls he dates usually run back to their ex.
        One day Tank's best mate Dustin tells him that he is in love again: he found an angel. Alexis is his colleague and they have been out several times. Dustin asks Tank to help him. Tank tries to make his best but everything turns to fail. He fells in love with Alexis. He asks even his father's (Professor Turner) advice what to do. Can he get over Alexis and save his friendship with Dustin? Whom will Alexis choose?


        My opinion
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        If you have seen How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days then you can see the pair of that film now. It was really funny and although I knew what will be the end there were some funny twists in it. I loved that there were only a few main characters in it. Often less is more. I could easily remember the characters and as they had great role in the film the characters were well presented.

        As I remember I haven't seen Dane Cook before. He is a stand up comedian and played only in a few films. His most successful cast was this one. He played also in Good Luck Chuck, Waiting..., Mr. Brooks and Mystery Man. I haven't seen these films yet, so I cannot compare his performance to the previous ones. He played Tank's role brilliantly. He was as cheeky as possible. I loved the scene when he told Alexis that the radio's volume control button in his car went wrong.

        Kate Hudson was brilliant and beautiful as always. I liked her Bride War film as well but this one was funnier. She was born to act in comedies.

        Alec Baldwin was my other favourite. I have seen him previously in several films and now he was the perfect match for the character of Professor Turner. He is still handsome and he is a very talented actor. I loved the scene when he told his assistant to forgive his son as he doesn't appreciate the women's soul. I wouldn't like to have such a father but it was funny watching him.

        Dustin's character was played by Jason Biggs. He had to play a polite and modest guy who was really in love with Alexis. Jason Biggs was great as usual. I loved the scene when he got out his box of erotic DVDs as a response to the girl's sex toys.

        To sum up it was a really funny film, I recommend watching it only if you are not prude. The end of the story is predictable but the twists and the characters make it a great film.

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          31.08.2009 11:08
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          Great movie,watchable and likeable

          First of all, I will say that this movie is not for the easily offended...or your grandmother. The ads for this indicated that it was a sassy rom com about a two guys and a girl. In fact, it is a Bro-mance with crass language and nudity. Therefore, hilarious. This seems to be the style of comedy at the moment, Bro-mance, rude and crass, eg Zak and Miri. This is a similar style of funny.

          I like Dane Cook first of all, find him funny and good looking, certainly more my type than the typical rom com guys these days. Maybe I'm getting old?

          So Dane plays Tank, the guys who dates girls simply so that they go back to their ex. He is great at being a rubbish date, and the consequences of this are stupendous. Every girl has had a date like this, where the guy is obnoxious and rude and lewd and, quite frankly horrid. Yes this is generally a rebound date, and occasionally the thought has crept upon us girls...'maybe he wasnt so bad after all...'
          So anyway, thats the girls hooked, they have now connected with the movie, good start.

          Some of the humour is a bit embarrassing, Alec Baldwin is not a player and should not act like he is, this was slightly cringeworthy for me. He redeemed himself a bit towrads the end but generally I feel that his character was added in for no reason, and I would happily have gone without seing Alec grind and spank air.

          I was a bit disappointed with the ending, feel that more could have been done and it was a tad anticlimatic. I'll make it clear though, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and to be honest I think I'm nit-picking about the end.

          Overall, this movie has great laughs and even a small moral sideline (very small mind you) and I would highly recommend for anyone with a sense of humour (and a high threshold for rude language and nudity)

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            20.08.2009 21:32
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            Not for the easily offended. Otherwise, a very very funny comedy!

            This film isn't to everyone's taste - if you are easily offended then I will tell you from the outset than you probably don't want to watch this. It's crass, it's rude, it's full of bad language. In fact it's more of a boys film than a girls romantic comedy (which is what it's labelled as).

            Tank Turner (Dane Cook) is a guy who helps get couples back together in the most unconventional way. The guys pay him to date the girls who dumped them, and be the worst date they have ever had in their lives. Then after the date they come crying back to their ex realising perhaps they aren't that bad after all. The term for this is 'tanking'. Tank is vile to these women - he will grope them, insult them, take them to the worst places ever and this is sometimes quite horrifying to watch.

            Tank's roommate Dustin (Jason Biggs) has been dating Alexis (Kate Hudson) for a few weeks but she wants to cool things down and just be friends. Asking Tank to work his magic, Tank takes Alexis on a date and does all his usual tricks - but they just don't work. After insulting her and acting like a pig all evening Alexis still wants to sleep with him. Has Tank met his match?

            Dane Cook is disgustingly brilliant as Tank - whilst the language is foul (even when he's not 'tanking') and you're hiding behind your hands in parts, he really nails this role. As a comedian Dane is used to delivering the punchline so was a good choice for a role like this. Tank is a guy who's not interested in commitment so his 'tanking' business works very well for him. When he meets Alexis he is frustrated at how she doesn't respond like everyone else, and ends up falling for her in a big way. This brings out the softer side of Tank, the side perhaps that would have come out a lot earlier in his life if it wasn't for his somewhat lack of a role model in a father, played by Alec Baldwin whose womanising ways have led Tank down this lonely road. Dane Cook has only ever really had the chance to play alongside Jessica Simpson and other failed actresses like that, so it's good to finally see him in a good well scripted film with some good actors around him. He's good at comedy and while he isn't your conventional good looking male lead, he is rough around the edges and actually rather fanciable.

            Kate Hudson plays Alexis well - the woman who is a serial monogamist. She is very into relationships, doesn't do one night stands and decides she wants to have some fun before she settles down for once in her life. This is why she decides to dump Dustin - so she can be young and free and live her life her own way. Alexis kind of goes on a journey in this film although she ends up right back where she started. She had the life where love and commitment was important but jumped ship to have some fun. She then realises that love and commitment was exactly what she wanted anyway. Throughout Alexis is bubbly and girly and fun and everything you want from a leading girl. Kate Hudson has instant likeability in all her films - the guys fancy her and the girls actually like her and want to be her. She always looks like she's having a ball in every film she makes and the mega watt smile she's inherited from her mum Goldie Hawn certainly doesn't hold her back.

            Jason Biggs plays his usual sort of role here. Poor Jason does get very typecast but he is so good at what he does. He plays the fool, the unlucky fool, who despite all the odds seems to win eventually. He's good at comedy and that's why he sticks with it. Somehow you will him to get to play the hero or the stud somewhere along the line but god love him, he's good at what he does so why change it. He plays the role of Dustin well - the guy in love with the girl he'll never have and the guy with the best friend who's just run off with her and crushed him. Watch out for the scene in the hairdressers because this really is one of the best parts of the film. I don't know if they really did for the film or not but it's hilarious.

            As far as romantic comedies go the premise is pretty much the same as the rest - you fall in love, you fall out, you make up and live happily ever after. But this is much edgier and much more 'out there' than anything else. As I said at the start there is a lot of bad languages and sexual references so don't sit down to watch this with your kids or anyone easily offended. I personally loved this film. Dane Cook brought his own sense of humour to this film and I actually don't think it would have been half as good without him in it. The parts were cast superbly in my opinion. The insults, the humour, the shock of some of the awful things Tank does to his dates (and to Alexis) make this film what it is - a very very funny comedy that's definitely worth watching.

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            31.07.2009 14:33
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            Definitely a DVD to rent

            My Best Friends Girl is not something which falls within my usual tastes, another American Rom Com starring a hapless young fool for love, (Jason Biggs) a figure of unattainable beauty, (Kate Hudson) the rough around the edges Guy who ends up changing his ways and falling hoplessly in love with the girl(Dane Cook). A classic three way love triangle set up that has all too often been been done and drained of any credibility.

            However do not let your preconceptions of this genre turn you off, if ever there was going to be a film to save the sinking ship of American Romantic Comedy this film is likely to be it. Focusing largely on the central three characters draws the audience in without having too much to distract from the plot. With a script peppered with histerical lines and moments that is only made even better with the idea of employing a man to treat your ex-girlfriend badly, in order that she run back into you oh so open arms, this film has it all; Friendship, Lust, love, heartache and a refreshing sense of honesty.

            The fact is in life people do stupid things and think they can get away with just about anything as long as they can justify it their own mind, until the unthinkable happens and they start to feel something.

            This film has been slammed by many critics as too vulgar and offensive for laughs, having let this puzzle me for some time, I cannot in any way concur. This film is funny, clever and intelligent. At times it comes across as a reflection of people in our own lives we love to make us laugh but wish we hadn't invited them to great aunt lillian's birthday party.

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              23.06.2009 18:15
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              Romcom with more com than rom

              Synopsis
              Alexis is is the girl of Dustin's dreams. But after only five weeks of dating, the love-struck Dustin is coming on so strong that Alexis is forced to slow things down--permanently. Devastated and desperate to get her back, Dustin turns to his best friend, Tank, the rebound specialist. A master at seducing--and offending--women, Tank gets hired by freshly dumped guys to take their ex-girlfriends out on the worst date of their lives - an experience so horrible it sends them running gratefully back to their ex's. But when Tank takes out Alexis, he ends up meeting his match. Alexis is the first girl who knows how to call his bluff, and Tank soon finds himself torn between his loyalty to Dustin and a strange new attraction to his best friend's girl.

              The Story
              Dustin has been dating Alexis who he works with for around 5 weeks, he decides it's time to take things to the next level but Alexis really doesn't see Dustin in that way, she sees him more as just a friend. This is news to Dustin and he's pretty much gutted.
              Dustin confides in his best friend and flat mate Tank. Tank is the total opposite of Dustin he's a bit of a slob, a slacker even, quite untidy and not into relationships at all. But tank has a very interesting business. Recently jilted men hire Tank to take out tee women who dumped them and show the ladies a lousy time, this in turn sends the girls running back to their former boyfriends, it shows the women that their ex 's weren't that bad after all.
              Dustin decides that the only way to get Alexis back is for Tank to take her out, show her a crap time and then she'll be running back to him. Tank reluctantly agrees.
              On meeting Alexis Tank is pretty much blown away and what's worse is that Alexis actually has a really good time and isn't totally repulsed by him.

              Cast
              Tank - Dane Cook (Employee Of The Month)
              Alexis - Kate Hudson (Fool's Gold)
              Professor Turner - Alec Baldwin (The Good Shepherd)
              Dustin - Jason Biggs Over Her Dead Body)

              Director
              Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards)

              My Opinion
              I often say to people that Romcom isn't my thing yet over the past year or so I've really started to enjoy them, maybe I'm getting softer with age.
              Anyway my when I saw this film advertised I had no particular interest in it what so ever it was just something to watch when there wasn't anything on TV. yet as soon as it made me laugh I really began to enjoy it.
              There isn't really much you can actually say about this movie, the story is pretty average, (although I would like to tank's job only on men), the characters are average and the acting and performances are pretty average too. It's also predictable.
              So why did I give it four stars? Well this isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea, it's quite rude but I don't mind that. I found the dialogue and some of the senarios in the film (especially the family wedding) hilarious at one point I very nearly did wee. So because of the comedy and nothing else but the fact I really enjoyed myself watching it I had to give it four.
              What isn't funny though is at a celebration meal for a friend 's birthday my boyfriend was emulating Tank's behavior and acted out some lines and actions from the film to one of our friends mum's she really wasn't impressed and I was just embarrassed.

              Extras
              Sorry I didn't even read what the extra's were let alone watch any so I have done this as a film only review.

              Running Time: 101 minutes
              Year 2008
              Cert 15

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              £6.99 from HMV

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                15.05.2009 10:55
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                Sexy, fun with good crude humour!

                ~ Rude, Crude and brilliant comedy ~

                My Best Friends Girl was released last year and I have only just had chance to watch it. Getting the film through on my Lovefilm list me and my mum sat down on Monday this week to see what it was all about. Before this I had seen many adverts on the TV for the film and it looked really funny and worth a watch. I do like comedy films but often choose more action / drama's where as comedy is my mum's favourite genre so I can always guarantee she'll want to what one with me. Being an 18 we had to wait for my brother to go to bed as the advert did show that it was pretty crude but in a harmless, comedy way. Another thing that made me want to watch the film was because of the good cast line up. I am a fan of Kate Hudson who plays the female star role in this and she is known to exceed in romantic comedies so I didn't expect this film to fail on that. The film had other brilliant stars which always play good characters including the hilarious Jason Biggs and the well respected actor Alec Baldwin who has been in many productions I have seen. Looking at the DVD information before I put the DVD in the player I had a quick look at the cast and director. I couldn't really recognise Howard Deutch, put after watching the film and looking him up he has been an American director for twenty years and has been involved in TV and a few other films one being another fantastic comedy of- 'The Whole Ten Yards' 2004, starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry. I was pleased I had chosen this film as I was not disappointed and would properly watch it again soon if I had the chance.

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                Director- Howard Deutch


                Has previously mentioned above Howard is a respected Hollywood director and has worked on many other productions mainly focusing on comedy. He has a history of working on TV series some of these including- 'Gleason' and 'Watching Ellie' which I have never heard of really. His themes include romance, drama, comedy and documentary so he has a wide range of experience. The only film I have heard of that he has directed is 'The Whole Ten Yards' and I thought that was brilliant.

                Writer- Jordan Cahan
                Release Date- 21 November 2008 (UK)
                Runtime- 101 Mins
                Certificate- 18
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                PLOT


                My Best friend's girl follows famous Tank and his best friend Dustin who is having trouble keeping his girlfriend. Tank is known for his work in helping couples reunite by taking the men's girlfriends out and giving them the worst date of their lives and go running back to their Ex's. Dustin is dumped by his girlfriend Alexis and he wants Tank to work his magic. This seems to be a good idea until Tank realises that he has met his match and the deal becomes more complicated. The film follows the two and shows a number of stories involving friendship, romance, comedy and relationships.

                CAST

                Tank - Dane Cook


                Tank is known for being a horrible man as part as his job he is used to treating women bad to get paid. He is successful in his job and men think he is brilliant until one day he meets his match and had to choose what to do which could ruin his loyalty to his friends. He seems to be quite lonely, even though he has money he doesn't have much else to do with his life and we see his dad is the same which is why Tank has no interest in settling.
                Dane Cook is a great actor and has worked on many comedies which have also been successful. Some films he has been involved in are- 'Good Luck Chuck' (2007), 'Employee of the month' (2006) and 'Stuck on you' (2003) which all are brilliant comedies that I really liked.

                The character of Tank was really nicely shown throughout the film as his character showed a lot of development and changes. We see his values and opinions change which affects his life and what he wants. He has been a good friend to Dustin and you can tell that they have a love / hate relationship.
                I really felt involved with Tank's experiences though and even though he does some bad things you can't help but feel sorry for him during the film. The character did grow on me as well, at the start he wasn't very likable and I thought a much sexier guy could have been chosen but after a while when you know more about him and things change he suddenly becomes a very likable guy and very desirable. Dane plays this character well and the acting was superb as there were many emotions to go through which can suddenly. The chemistry between his character and Kate Hudson's was really nicely shown and I think they worked brilliantly together. I thought that Dane was a convincing sexual seducer and as a former stand up comedian I thought he did well on his role. He is not sexy in a cheesy way but even though I didn't find him at all attractive at first by the time I'd watched him for 100 minutes I changes my mind slightly I think he's a brilliant actor and a sultry, attractive guy the best person to play the role.


                Alexis - Kate Hudson

                Alexis is finding life hard with boyfriend Dustin who she feels is more like a brother than a boyfriend and tells him she wants a break which he doesn't take very well. She wants to have some freedom, have some fun for a while.
                Alexis is bubbly, fun and is quite an independent woman. When she meets Tank she sees through him and changes Tank's plan. She is strong minded, intelligent and doesn't let anyone take advantage of her. Some of Kate's other successful comedies include- 'Fool's Gold' (2008), 'Bride Wars' (2009) and 'You, me and Dupree' (2006).


                I have always been a fan of Kate Hudson and I think she plays romantic comedies amazingly. Her characters are always well thought out and she shows a dazzling connection with everyone she works with. Her character Alexis is really fun and likeable. Many women may connect with her and find that she has the right frame of mind. I thought her character was excellent. I found her funny and great to watch. The character also like Tank goes through many changes in the film and you also feel involved with what is happening to her. I loved the way that she knows how to play men at their own game and she doesn't let anyone walk over her.

                Dustin - Jason Biggs


                Dustin is a quiet, nice guy who can't seem to keep the women that he loves. He wonders why women always go for horrible guys and not stick with good, loving ones and goes to friend Tank for help. He is a pretty sweet guy, doing all the right things but not having enough confidence to do it. He gets hurt all the time and you do feel sorry for him as he doesn't do anything wrong.
                Jason is a great actor and is known for his crude comedies and appears in the first three American Pie films.

                Professor Turner - Alec Baldwin
                Rachel - Diora Baird
                Ami - Lizzy Caplan
                Hilary - Riki Lindhome
                Craig - Nate Torrence
                Claire - Hilray Pingle
                Josh - Taran Killam

                OPINIONS

                The main storyline was simple but interesting and I think it worked out really well. Even though it was a simple idea there were more complicated sub plots which came off of it. It could have been seen as being abit predictable through some parts but to be honest I think all romantic comedies are. However there were a few twists which I always like to see in a film. What I also liked was that there weren't a lot of characters and focusing on three was a good idea as sometimes having too many is hard to follow. You also get to know those characters better and feel more involved with them. I think it was a good story and the film had a good pace and it kept me laughing and interested through out. As said before I thought the characters were played excellent and I think the right cast was chosen. Kate always plays her roles well and she always seems to have good chemistry with who ever he she co working with. Jason Biggs is his usual comical self and Alec Baldwin acts well as always.


                I thought the humour included was hilarious but some may find it pretty too rude so I wouldn't sit down and watch this with her Nan lol. I found it really funny though and even though there were a few comments that were abit inappropriate it all was trying to show Tank's disgusting and horrible sense of humour. Most of it was harmless fun and I enjoyed the parts where Tank and Alexis meet. I think the unique thing about this film is that it includes every kind of emotion you can feel about certain issues, it has extremes of sad moments, hilarious moments, mental and really badly rude and a part I found really cringing was when Tank needs to be extreme and decides the best way to do it is too offer a relative of a women he is working on, some oral pleasure. It is properly not the film you would enjoy if you don't like some raunchy crude humour and a lot of sexual references and some in a cringing way.
                I didn't really think much about Dane Cook before the film I like his comedy but I can see why people like watching him. There were good jokes, funny insults and bad mouthed people.

                There are some bad comments from some about this film which I am not sure it deserves but even though the romantic parts are quite predictable and cheesy the comedy gets you laughing hysterically throughout. It had such a mixture of humour it made it so easy going and entertaining.
                The filming was done to a good standard and I liked how there were loads of different locations and every scene was somewhere completely different. Most of the filming was done in Massachusetts.
                Overall I thought it was a great film and properly one of the best comedies I have watched over the past year. I will be watching it again when I have chance and if I come across the DVD I may buy it. It's one of those films that you don't have to think about much which is perfect sometimes when you have had a hectic week and want to chill out and watch a funny but easy going film. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants abit of fun and easy watching comedy.



                DVD
                You can buy the film on the film's website or from other leading DVD seller's. I found the DVD on play.com for £10.99 which is good considering it is a new film which hasn't been out long.


                Website- www.mybestfriendsgirlmovie.com/
                The website includes information, trailers and an option to buy the DVD on their website.

                Thanks for reading, blackmagicstar4- May 09.

                Published on Ciao and Dooyoo. xx

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                  22.03.2009 18:40
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                  Enjoyable but only worth a low price rental or buy.

                  Me and the girlfriend rented this film last night as the third film in a 3 for £10 deal and didnt have great hopes for it after Dane Cook's awful performance in good luck chuck but we ended up being pleasently surprised...

                  The film revolves around Tank (Cook) who makes his living (besides selling air conditioning using his charm and wit) by "tanking" - taking girls on dates so awful that they wind up with the last guy they finished with. Things all go pear shaped however when Tank's cousin Dusty (Biggs) asks Tank to take the girl he is obsessed with Alexis (Hudson) out and Tank and Alexis hit it off.

                  The films main humour comes from Tanks destructive dates and insults which come thick and fast and revolve around obvious and blunt insults such as "Look at you all white and thin. I bet if I laid you on this bar she could snort you." and "That your roommate? I bet she gives great head". If these and blowjob jokes are your thing, then the film will deliver laughs, if you like your comedy a bit more sophisticated then this might not work for you.

                  The real surprise here comes in the turn arounds and plot twists, I dont believe in spoiling films by explaining plots but needless to say friendship and romance shine through and the film did leave me with a feelgood feeling.

                  Cook is very good at the obnoxious guy with a heart, Biggs is suited to the lovable best friend loser stereotype and Hudson is quite good as the object of both their attentions. The odd casting of Alec Baldwin as Tank's professor father who is just as sleazy as his son didnt really work for me, he is far too good an actor to be using lines such as "She fucks like an epileptic at a strobe light convention" but again it may work for you.

                  Overall the film is a pleasent surprise, funny (if it's your type of humour), and a good cheap purchase for a night in.

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                    02.03.2009 22:07
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                    a romantic comedy, or just a comedy without romance?

                    How to make a girl want to get back together to her ex, after dump him for a reason? For Tank, the solution was simple. He would be the bad guy, so the ex would be seem like a good guy, and the girl would feel bad and ask the ex back. And that's what Tank does for money.
                    The problem came when the client was his own best friend, Dustin and the target wasn't an ordinary girl. Dustin who was crazy about Alexis couldn't accept the reality that Tank failed to make Alexis want him back.

                    At first I thought it would be something like Hitch the love doctor, but in the devilish way, but after some times, I found out it is different. Though there were similarities in the story but there were lots of differences which makes this movie unique.
                    This movie was hilarious, Dane Cook, and Kate Hudson are the expert in Romantic Comedy genre and made this movie alive. Dane Cook as Tank, played for a bad guy role, and Kate Hudson, as an adventurous woman who doesn't want to get steady.
                    One thing bothering my mind was, why Alec Baldwin? I mean, there would be lots of better actor, senior comedian, who can play in his role, but why should be him? I don't see the point of his appearance of this movie, maybe it was the bad scriptwriting for him, or it was one of his bad days?
                    This movie is funny, for a comedy, but not that sweet to be a comedy romantic for me. I think people can make the movie funny without losing the romance, right? I have seen funnier movies, and yet sweeter than this.

                    Overall, this movie was okay. You wouldn't be sorry for watching this but you might not get satisfied.

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                    19.01.2009 10:45
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                    Worth a watch

                    It was great to see Jason Biggs in a more mature role than I'd seen him in (American Pie being the only films I'd seen him in). Alec Baldwin is also great in a mysogynistic, male chauvinist pig role. It was also interesting to see different sides to a character (as played by Kate Hudson), and to see the roles reversed; her character plays someone who uses a man for nothing more than sexual gratification (to start with at least), as its usually men who do this and who are cast in such roles. When the man she is using as her plaything, who has been actually given the task of upsetting, disgusting and hurting her to the point where she runs screaming into the arms of her jilted fiance, eventually starts falling for her, as she does for him, a lot of truths come into the open.

                    There are a fair few comedic moments, interjecting the serious parts, and it's a very good film which I overlooked at the time of its initial release. It would appeal equally to a male and female audience and is clever without being too heavy.

                    The ending shows what a fine line there is between love and hate and is a very good twist because the moments leading up to the conclusion do not lead you to think that what happens is going to happen.

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