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Best Man (1998)





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It's been 20 years since documentarian Ira Wohl trained his cameras on his mentally retarded cousin "Philly" as he struggled to carve out some independence from his sequestered life in his parents' home. Philly, now in his late sixties, resides in a group home in Queens, New York, where he takes classes and is loved by family and friends. Now, he travels to Los Angeles to visit his cousin Ira and prepare for his bar mitzvah.
Documentary , Special Interest
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A great doc. Both this and Best Boy are amazing in the way Wohl makes the viewer absolutely love his subjects. I was worried that there wouldn't be the family aspect, but did I ever get a kick out of Fran, it was like seeing Pearl all over again. A truly great film and very important in showing people who may not know about the mentally handicapped what it's really like and how Philly has lived a truly wonderful life.

Christopher  Brown
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A descent follow up to best boy. It get's a little off track sometimes and is less documentary more shaped story, I feel. Ira did retain some of his film techinque that made BB great, but should have stuck to his guns. I don;t think it would have been possible to make a sequel that had the magnitude of BB, but it was good that Ira made this anyway, it's a nice movie overall and really powerful if you have seen Best Boy before. I think it was almost too light and positive. Best man is lacking the heartbreak that was couled with inspiration in Best Boy. I would have given anything to hear phily do that mournful chant from BB on this movie.

Rhys Martin
Rhys Martin

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