My Best Friend's Girl Reviews
If anything, the two 'countdown' sequences (you'll know it when you see it) make this worth the watch.
Sometimes I don't know why I intentionally subject myself to this kind of torture; I mean, with at least a million wonderful movies out there, I still find myself watching crap, and this was indeed crap. I guess, one has to occasionally watch an awful movie to appreciate the good ones out there, right? I don't know. I do like Kate Hudson and Jason Biggs was alright, even Alec Baldwin was kind of funny, but Dane Cook was just... erm, Dane Cook. He was neither good nor truly awful, but I can't help feeling that a better actor could have played his part and make the film really click. The whole premise of the film was kind of interesting but the conclusion was lame....but then, ************SPOILERS***************again they were both jerks (Hudson and Cook's characters), so in a way, I suppose they did deserve each other.
If you're a fan of Dane Cook's humour, there's plenty of it here, sometimes too much. When Tank is going on his bad dates, he's rude and vulgar to the extreme. The highlights of the dates play out like his comedy routines, the kind of horror stories that make for some funny material when contrasted with real-world stories. Maybe that's the problem with the movie. There's nothing to counterbalance the crude (I'd even say mean-spirited) humour. Jason Bigg's character is a bumbling moron that's totally unlikeable because he's a total loser. Not only is he delusional about his relationship with Alexis but he resorts to trickery in order to get her to like him. When he's trying to be the "best friend" so that she'll fall for him, he acts too nicely. No one would fall for the obvious ploy that he's setting up and he reminds you of being in high school where you thought that being a pushover and a doormat for every cute girl that smiled at you would get you a date. It's the classic example of a guy who thinks that if you put enough friendship tokens in the slot machine that is the woman that clearly isn't interested in you romantically sex will eventually come out. There's no heart to the movie, just cartoonish antics by Tank on his dates and a bunch of characters you can't like, no matter how hard you try. We're told that "Tanking is a subtle art. You can't go in there like a dragon with a hemorrhoid". So what does he do on his first date with Alexis? He plays loud sexist music in his car and then brings her to the strip club. Is that the subtlety he was referring to? When women go out with Tank, the dates are so awful that no one would be able to handle him or the situation for five minutes, so you disconnect from reality immediately because they don't realize that there's an ulterior motive to them. When they go back to their exes, you dismiss them as total bimbos so the sheer premise of the movie begins to fall apart as soon as you start thinking about it.
In my opinion, the movie gets even worse when it begins to get close to the last third of the movie and we're given forced sentimentality in order to get a happy ending for all of these characters. We're told that Tank is a closet romantic, that his feelings for Alexis are genuine and that they have a lot in common. If he isn't a genuine misogynist that uses women for sex and then tosses them away like apple cores, why does he treat women so poorly when someone pays him? Combine that with his rude behavior at work and it becomes obvious that he isn't a nice guy, he's a jerk. The movie just tells you he's a closet romantic so you can forgive his past behavior and smile when he and Alexis get together (which they shouldn't by the way because there is no one in the world that could forgive his behavior towards the end of the movie). Same thing goes for Dusty's character. He's increasingly creepy throughout the movie, but he never really realizes what he's been doing, he just gets a quick moment of clarity towards the end and we move on towards his happy ending, which comes out of nowhere!
Despite all of my criticisms, I have to reiterate that "My Best Friend's Girl" isn't the worst. There were moments were the bad dates he went on were just so outlandishly bad that I did laugh, and Alex Baldwin also has a funny cameo in the film. It isn't even the worst movie that Dane Cook has been in and while I wouldn't say it's good, or even recommend it, because of the complete lack of heart in a romantic comedy, it's watchable, even funny at times. (Uncut version on Dvd, October 18, 2013)