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Second Best (2004)

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Writer Eric Weber (author of the infamous paperback How to Pick Up Girls) directs his screenplay Second Best. Set in New Jersey, the story concerns a group of fiftysomething men dealing with their feelings of inadequacy. Struggling writer Elliot (Joe Pantoliano) is the most desperate of the bunch, having failed in the publishing business and trying to finish writing a screenplay. The group prepares for a visit from their old childhood friend who is now a big-time Hollywood producer. Elliot hopes this visit will lead to bigger things in his own life. Also starring Boyd Gaines, Jennifer Tilly, and Bronson Pinchot, Second Best was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition.

Cast

Boyd Gaines
as Richard
Peter Gerety
as Marshall
Bronson Pinchot
as Doc Klingenstein
Stephen Sable
as Lum Chin
Damian Young
as Robert Stern
Jacob Weber
as Checkout Person
Richard Barnes
as Pakastani Man
Tara Gropt
as Karolina
Jessica Weber
as Saleswoman
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Critic Reviews for Second Best

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

Second Best tries too hard for sincerity, when it's actually more sincere when cynical.

October 27, 2005 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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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.

June 15, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Might have made a good stage monologue, but as a film it's overstated and barely baked.

June 1, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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Unfortunately there's nothing very sympathetic about Elliot, or even interesting.

May 27, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A sour and pointless exercise.

May 27, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
New York Post
Top Critic

Though the essays are smartly written and Pantoliano manages to make Elliot vaguely sympathetic, Second Best is a long slog in the dumps.

May 27, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
New York Daily News
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