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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Townsend ... Olly Pickering
Raphael Schwartz Raphael Schwartz ... Olly Aged 2
Jacob Collier ... Olly Aged 10 (as Jacob Moriarty)
Callum Williams Callum Williams ... Murray Aged 10
Seth Green ... Murray
Steve John Shepherd ... James
Simon Callow ... Big-Time Publisher
Jodhi May ... Tania
Máté Haumann ... Work Experience (as Mate Haumann)
Anna Chancellor ... Dana
Burn Gorman ... Bus Driver
Ian Hanmore ... Drunk
Raymond Coulthard ... Chris
Mike Kelly ... Party Bore
Philip Jackson ... Mr. Barker
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

May the best man win.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Hungary | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Man, Worst Friend See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Amy Smart is married to Carter Oosterhouse from HGTV. (2011) See more »

Quotes

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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For the German DVD release the aspect ratio was modified from 2,35:1 to 1,78:1. See more »

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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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Performed by Veneration Music
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At times cliché, but still adorable!
18 November 2008 | by KittyGrimmSee all my reviews

This is coming from someone who doesn't often watch romantic comedies. Often, romantic comedies involve the typical Jane Austen-like ending (meaning always the same), but for once, it's good to see even the smallest bit of change in the genre and the change in this particular romantic comedy–not that it changes all other clichés of the film–is that the protagonist is a man. Ollie is an Irish writer suffering from a five-year-old case of writer's block that has caused him all the trouble be can get and his troubles get worse when an old womanizing school mate of his asks him to be his best man at his wedding and Ollie finds himself falling painfully in love with the bride, Sarah. Though he tries to oppress his feelings and move on, his best friend Murray goes through the most insane schemes to bring Sarah and Ollie together.

Typical? Yes. Predictable? Very. Climax? Corny as a cornfield. But I can't deny that I did enjoy watching this film, even if it did mean I would have to wash the girly side off of me for a week. I must admit, I only wanted to see this because I've always had quite the crush on Stuart Townsend and I thought seeing him as a dork would be enjoyable, because what kind of girl can resist a guy who can laugh at himself? Naturally, I had to adore him as a lovable loser and I thought he was very enjoyable to watch. Of course, I cannot forget his chemistry with Seth Green, who is absolutely hilarious as the best friend, who, I have to say, was one clever son of a gun! The way his insane antics worked was both hilarious and intriguing at the same time and clearly, though he isn't even British, Green has done his homework when it comes to British humor (I sensed quite a lot of Jeff Murdock of "Coupling" in his performance).

Unfortunately, Amy Smart's performance was not at all remarkable. Her acting, if acting is what you want to call it, was very flat and her character also seemed just as such. To me, she seemed much like the kind of character who's only there to be the typical suffering love- interest without any quirk or edge whatsoever.

Above all, I thought the film was very much flawed on the lines of its lack of an original plot line, but it was enjoyable to watch even if it was just for Townsend and Green, who were most definitely the highlights of the film. I give the film an eight for its quirks, but I won't praise it for the plot.


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