Best Men (1998)




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Former music-video director Tamra Davis (Guncrazy) created strong characters in this bank-robbery tale, a crime/comedy/drama somewhat reminiscent of the anti-establishment attitudes seen in early '70s films. After three years in a California prison, Jesse (Luke Wilson) is ready to marry his girlfriend Hope (Drew Barrymore) in the town of Independence (the original working title of this film). Joining Jesse is a odd assortment -- the buzzcut ex-Green-Beret Buzz (Dean Cain); ex-lawyer Sol (Mitchell Whitfield); geeky Teddy (Andy Dick); and Shakespeare-quoting Billy (Sean Patrick Flanery), aka Hamlet on the FBI's most-wanted list. Then they're off to the wedding. Billy, however, asks to be dropped off at a nearby bank, and after it's evident that Billy is pulling off another Hamlet heist, the others join him inside. Billy's father, Sheriff Phillips (Fred Ward), up for re-election, begins hostage negotiations, but the media arrives, along with psycho FBI agent Hoover (Raymond J. Barry) and his partner Carter (Art Edler Brown). Wearing her wedding dress, Hope goes inside the bank. Soon various friends and locals gather outside to offer support as the hostages take the side of their captors. In addition to portraying agent Carter, Art Edler Brown is the film's co-producer and co-scripter.
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Dean Cain
as Sgt. Buzz Thomas
Andy Dick
as Teddy Pollack
Sean Patrick Flanery
as Billy Phillips
Mitchell Whitfield
as Sol Jacobs
Luke Wilson
as Jesse Chandler
Fred Ward
as Sheriff Bud Phillips
Raymond J. Barry
as FBI Agent Hoover
Brad Dourif
as Lt. John G. `Gonzo' Coleman
Tracy Fraim
as Cuervo
Biff Yeager
as Mayor Boar
Art Edler Brown
as Agent Carter
K.K. Dodds
as Cindy Vargas
Jeff Phillips
as The Rookie
Dee Maaske
as Dorothy
Cal Gibson
as Guard
David Wells
as Priest
William Martin Brennan
as Bank Employee
Wendy Worthington
as Bank Manager
Duke Valenti
as Sniper
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Critic Reviews for Best Men

All Critics (8)

The ending is a little too neat and tidy, but as far as straight-to-video talk-fests go, Best Men's worth a look.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Fairly witless romantic heist comedy combo.

July 25, 2002

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March 28, 2007

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July 17, 2005
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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July 14, 2005

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June 13, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Best Men

49% Although, the movie has a...decent cast, It never really entertained me. I will say this, the Dick (who I don't care for at all, and Cain for that matter), played the best role I've seen him in.

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FilmGrinder Stone

2 of 5 stars. There is a time in the acting career of good actors where they either don't know by reading a screenplay that the film will be weak, or due to their agent, they are willing to take a job knowing a script is weak, but thinking that they can "pull it out." Whatever the case may be with the good talent in this film, it is below par for their ability with a far too canned, predictable outcome. You can pass on seeing this one.

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