Second Best (2004)
as Doc Klingenstein
as Lum Chin
as Robert Stern
as Checkout Person
as Pakastani Man
Critic Reviews for Second Best
Second Best tries too hard for sincerity, when it's actually more sincere when cynical.
While the dialogue and characterizations frequently resonate with uncomfortable truths and some genuine humor, the central character's quirks are far more irritating than illuminating.
Might have made a good stage monologue, but as a film it's overstated and barely baked.
Unfortunately there's nothing very sympathetic about Elliot, or even interesting.
A sour and pointless exercise.
Though the essays are smartly written and Pantoliano manages to make Elliot vaguely sympathetic, Second Best is a long slog in the dumps.
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