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My Best Friend's Birthday

My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)


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It's Mickey's birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.



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This is a heavily dialogue driven, 36 minute long narrative that's directed by the infamous Quentin Tarantino, incoherently tells the tale of Mickey Burnett, played by Craig Hamann, whom his girlfriend has just broken up with. If that wasn't enough to mess his day up, this event happens to fall on the day of his birthday, but by the friendly gesture from his best friend, Clarence Pool (Quentin Tarantino), he decides to pull off an unforgettable birthday party for him in an unconventional way.

Sharp and nimble dialogue is the name of the game here. Admittedly, the narrative may come off as a rambling mess that fails to find a conclusion to its slim narrative. Regardless, the dialogue is so unequivocally witty and engaging that whatever the characters may be talking about, whether it may be small talk or a conversation of grandiose proportions, the writing keeps audience's eyes glued to the screen. As Tarantino's debut into the film industry, this was the perfect hallmark revolution for short and feature length films to come. Films, before and after the debut of this short, for the most part, failed and are failing to match up to the standards of outlandishly sharp writing found here. Even according to contemporary standards, Tarantino continues to be an unconventionally masterful writer and director with the likes of Pulp Fiction, which is arguably considered as one of the greatest films in American cinema, and the rest of his profoundly epic filmography. In other words, the cinematic golden nuggets that are found in his superb feature films are found glimmering in this film. It can even be arguably said that this short film is an experimental film that toys around with the art of engaging conversation, no matter how dreadfully slim the narrative may be.

Nevertheless, this is an atypical short that harbors and foreshadows the splendid elements from great feature films to come from the innovative mind of Tarantino.
August 30, 2012
Albert Kim

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Definitely not essential viewing but for those interested in seeing Tarantino's beginnings, this will be a real treat. The trademark dialogue is already well developed in this one (some was recycled for the Natural Born Killers and True Romance scripts).
March 25, 2012
Graham Jones

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Worth it for the Itching Powder scene alone

QT's dialog is showcased in this early film attempt. Much of the material was later recycled and used for True Romance and Natural Born Killers

You can watch the video at
January 23, 2008

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Where's the blood? Just kidding, it's good to see where Quentin Tarantino got this start. Even if it has no blood. The best part about this unfinished indie was the script. Tarantino is a good writer. Just like all his other films this one has a slow paced plot. There's so much dialogue that its guaranteed to keep you entertained. That's if you like dialogue of course. There where some funny moments in this one. Especially the fight scene and when they said that they where sniffing coke on the radio. I also liked the cinematography even thought the whole video was bad quality. What do you expect from an 80's film. I also noticed that there was a lot of cursing in this. I thought they where more strict with cursing in films back then. I wonder how the audience at that special screening reacted? It's a real shame that this was unfinished. I recommend it for die hard fans of Tarantino's work. For those that are wondering where you can find it, it's online.
May 16, 2012
Eduardo Tobias

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