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My Best Friend (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Although the plot may sound contrived, the performances of Daniel Auteuil and Dany Boon manage to turn My Best Friend into an earnest and witty romp.

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François is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. Having accepted the wager, François naively tears through his address book, trying to shoehorn an increasingly unlikely series of contacts into the all-important role. Moving through Paris, he keeps encountering a trivia-spouting, big-hearted cabbie named Bruno. Bruno's chatty, lowbrow ways grate against François' designer temperament, but he covets the other man's easy way with people. He convinces Bruno to teach him how to make friends and sets about learning the "Three S" rule: being sociable, smiling and sincere--although, for him, they don't come easy. Ultimately, François' victory will depend on Bruno's naiveté in playing along, but what's the cost of cheating at friendship?
Rating:
PG-13 (for some strong language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$1,062,504.00
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Cast

Daniel Auteuil
as François Coste
Dany Boon
as Bruno Bouley
Julie Gayet
as Catherine
Julie Durand
as Louise Coste
Henri Garcin
as Étienne Delamotte
Audrey Marnay
as Marianne
Jacques Spiesser
as Letellier
Philippe Du Janerand
as Luc Lebinet
Fabienne Chaudat
as Mme Lebinet
Jacques Mathou
as Bruno's Father
Marie Pillet
as Bruno's Mother
Andrée Damant
as Passenger
Etienne Draber
as The Speaker
Eric Naggar
as Short-Sighted Man
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Critic Reviews for My Best Friend

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (37)

Patrice Leconte has taken a story about male friendship, in all its posturing and potential vulnerability, and turned it into a light, smart, crowd-pleasing comedy.

January 4, 2008
Associated Press
Top Critic

Auteuil and Boon's appealing performances keep the film engaging throughout, but it's easy to pine for a dark, challenging film with this premise, pitched more toward a harrowing emotional reckoning than this film's ambiguous but inevitable happy ending.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

It's better when it's threatening, but Leconte knows his audience.

September 22, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

One looks to Leconte for some of the finest, most sophisticated and compassionate filmmaking coming out of France, not for a situation comedy.

September 22, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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A sweetly surprising treatise on friendship.

August 31, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
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Although Leconte allows for a certain warmth to run through the film, he thankfully stays away from sentimentality. Therein lays the charm.

August 24, 2007
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for My Best Friend

½

I was drawn in by Julie Gayet, uplifted by Dany Boon and mesmerized by Daniel Auteuil. Delightful and light-hearted.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable French comedy. Struck a chord with me - I could relate to the socially awkward main character!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Intriguing premise is stretched too far. The antisocial lead isn't believably friendless and the sociable friend's anxieties contrived.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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