New Best Friend


New Best Friend

Critics Consensus

Generic, confusing, and trashy, New Best Friend is a laughably bad, obvious campus whodunit.



Total Count: 38


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Movie Info

Three rich, pretty people befriend their poor, mousy classmate and live to regret it in this teen-centric thriller. Alicia (Mia Kirshner), Hadley (Meredith Monroe), Julianne (Rachel True), and Sydney (Dominique Swain) are four students enrolled in the same sociology class at Colby University, an exclusive and respected college in the Carolinas. Alicia is a local girl born into modest circumstances who struggles to make ends meet and rarely gets a second look from the male students on campus, while Hadley, Julianne, and Sydney are close friends who all come from wealthy families and seem more concerned with partying than their studies. Alicia and Hadley are paired up to work on their semester project for the class, which is to be centered around the theme "Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way." As part of the project, Hadley decides to befriend Alicia, and brings her into her social circle. At first, Alicia seems more than grateful for the attention of her new friends, and blooms under the influence of Hadley, Julianne, and Sydney. But it isn't long before Alicia's personality begins to shift; she develops a powerful appetite for drugs and alcohol, and soon begins taking advantage of her new friendships. Things come to a head when Alicia seduces Sydney's boyfriend, Josh (Oliver Hudson), and soon Alicia ends up in the hospital after OD'ing on drugs. Artie Bonner (Taye Diggs), a local sheriff, begins looking into Alicia's case, convinced that her near-fatal accident with drugs was no accident at all.

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Critic Reviews for New Best Friend

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (36)

  • A campus drama-cum-whodunit that's obvious and exploitative even by low-bar youthpic standards.

    Jun 23, 2008

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • A dull, generic title for a dull, generic film.

    Mar 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The party scenes deliver some tawdry kicks. The rest of the film ... is dudsville.

    Apr 18, 2002 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Instead of trying to bust some blondes, [Diggs] should be probing why a guy with his talent ended up in a movie this bad.

    Apr 13, 2002 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Nobody seems to have cared much about any aspect of it, from its cheesy screenplay to the grayish quality of its lighting to its last-minute, haphazard theatrical release.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 1/4
  • Great trash, one of those mediocre movies that in its own crass way is more enjoyable than most things that get nominated for Oscars.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for New Best Friend

  • Sep 18, 2013
    Not terrible, but not very good, either.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2010
    New Best Friend is entertaining trash that we find ourselves engrossed in as much as we hate to admit it. Mia Kirsher delivers a stellar performance as Alicia, a college girl who overdoses under suspicious circumstances and the prime suspects are her new upper class filthy rich friends. Sheriff Artie Bonner (Taye Diggs) is called by the Dean (Edmund J. Kearney) to carry out a discreet investigation, since the school is dependent on the wealthy families of its rich students, and a scandal would jeopardize its reputation and consequently its income. But as he looks deeper into his investigations, he discovers that the seemingly innocent and perfect student Alicia might not be all that she appears to be. We've got sex, drugs, and nudity, Dominique Swain (playing the cheeky deviant Sydney) getting naked here and engaging in lesbian sex with Alicia. Meredith Monroe plays a darker role than her role as Andie on Dawson's Creek and is convincing as the Queen Bee of this elite clique.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2009
    Wait? Huh? What is this film about? hanh? Fitting in? "New Best Friend" is "Utterly Inane and ucomprehensible. Blurry Lesbian Sex,Drug parties,missing dialouge,and answers. This is one of the worst films to do about basicly nothing. Two Middle Fingers Up!" No More Comment!
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2007
    This movie was very deep. Kind of like Cruel Intentions, or thirteen...
    Yinalí R Super Reviewer

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