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Best Men (1998)




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Former music-video director Tamra Davis (Guncrazy) created strong characters in this bank-robbery tale, a crime/comedy/drama somewhat reminiscent of the anti-establishment attitudes seen in early '70s films. After three years in a California prison, Jesse (Luke Wilson) is ready to marry his girlfriend Hope (Drew Barrymore) in the town of Independence (the original working title of this film). Joining Jesse is a odd assortment -- the buzzcut ex-Green-Beret Buzz (Dean Cain); ex-lawyer Sol (Mitchell Whitfield); geeky Teddy (Andy Dick); and Shakespeare-quoting Billy (Sean Patrick Flanery), aka Hamlet on the FBI's most-wanted list. Then they're off to the wedding. Billy, however, asks to be dropped off at a nearby bank, and after it's evident that Billy is pulling off another Hamlet heist, the others join him inside. Billy's father, Sheriff Phillips (Fred Ward), up for re-election, begins hostage negotiations, but the media arrives, along with psycho FBI agent Hoover (Raymond J. Barry) and his partner Carter (Art Edler Brown). Wearing her wedding dress, Hope goes inside the bank. Soon various friends and locals gather outside to offer support as the hostages take the side of their captors. In addition to portraying agent Carter, Art Edler Brown is the film's co-producer and co-scripter.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: Art Edler Brown, Tracy Fraim, Art Edler Brown
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On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Orion Home Video

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Dean Cain
as Sgt. Buzz Thomas
Andy Dick
as Teddy Pollack
Sean Patrick Flanery
as Billy Phillips
Luke Wilson
as Jesse Chandler
Fred Ward
as Sheriff Bud Phillips
Raymond J. Barry
as FBI Agent Hoover
Brad Dourif
as Lt. John G. `Gonzo' ...
Biff Yeager
as Mayor Boar
Art Edler Brown
as Agent Carter
K.K. Dodds
as Cindy Vargas
Jeff Phillips
as The Rookie
Dee Maaske
as Dorothy
Wendy Worthington
as Bank Manager
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Critic Reviews for Best Men

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

May 29, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

The ending is a little too neat and tidy, but as far as straight-to-video talk-fests go, Best Men's worth a look.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Fairly witless romantic heist comedy combo.

July 26, 2002

March 29, 2007

Audience Reviews for Best Men


As if Drew Barrymore's wedding day weren't stressful enough, bride-to-be Luke Wilson must contend with her intnded being an ex-con who can't pass up the opportunity to rob a bank. Unbeknownst to Hope and his friends, Sean Patrick Flanery is "Hamlet", a Robin Hood-like robber who picks the day of his wedding for his latest heist. Quirky character comedy succeeds, thanks to a winning cast, spirited direction and a script that never plays dumb.

Dean McKenna

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

Although, the movie has a...decent cast, It never really entertained me. I will say this, the Dick (who I don't care for at all, and Cain for that matter), played the best role I've seen him in.

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Best Men Quotes

Jesse Reilly: (life is) A series of errors.
– Submitted by Hanna K (4 years ago)

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