My Best Friend (2007)

My Best Friend
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Infrequent Moderate Coarse Language

Director: Patrice Leconte
Actors: Dany Boon, Daniel Auteuil, Julie Gayet

Francois 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 blind sided 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, Francois 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 Francois's 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's" being sociable, smiling and sincere though they don't come easy. Ultimately, Francois victory will depend on Bruno's naivet in playing along, but what's the cost of cheating at friendship.

DVD
Status: HighDemand
Run time: 95mins
Origin: FRANCE
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Member Reviews (24)

Rob M
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Lightweight, fun & quirky, if predictable, even trite. Enjoyable as a one-off & a bit different.
Posted Monday, 3 February 2014 See my other reviews
Vicki
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I agree with Stuart.... Heartwarming and also predictable but, I loved the actors in this one.
Posted Tuesday, 10 September 2013 See my other reviews
JoyS
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I just LOVED this movie. Sure, it is quirky and uncomfortable at times but delivers on so many levels! It's now one of my favorites!
Posted Tuesday, 30 July 2013 See my other reviews
Stuart
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Heartwarming and light hearted movie about friendship. It was quite predictable but still quite enjoyable. well worth watching
Posted Tuesday, 26 March 2013 See my other reviews
CC
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While well-acted and directed, the naivety of the basic story rendered the movie trite, predictable and unbelievable. Disappointing.
Posted Wednesday, 26 December 2012 See my other reviews
JeffK
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‘My Best Friend’ is a whimsical, poignant and enjoyable film. Well written and directed and beautifully acted in an understated way that the French are so good at.
Posted Tuesday, 6 November 2012 See my other reviews
Kelly
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Thoughtful.
Posted Sunday, 1 July 2012 See my other reviews
dianella
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Funny..Sad very French
Posted Thursday, 19 April 2012 See my other reviews
Jane
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This was a french delight. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted Wednesday, 18 April 2012 See my other reviews
Nat
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This French film really was a lovely find... It was exactly what I was in the mood for today. It was a movie about one man's struggle to understand what friendship is & how to experience it, and the journey of a couple of secretly lonely individuals who unexpectedly find their way to meeting that innate need for sincere friendship, for each other. It is a heartwarming film with gently humorous moments, vulnerability, and an inspiration that is found in raw humanity.
Posted Friday, 16 December 2011 See my other reviews
Sharon
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a lovely thought provokiing film with good performance by Daniel Auteil
Posted Monday, 21 March 2011 See my other reviews
carole
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disappointing NO subtitle for hearing impaired
Posted Monday, 31 May 2010 See my other reviews
Lorraine M.
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Great story, sad but funny too. I'm sure we all know someone like Francois! His 'best friend' Bruno was really well played. An enjoyable story.
Posted Thursday, 21 January 2010 See my other reviews
Jack K.
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A largely predictable, lightweight and slightly amusing fare that includes a popular TV quiz show serve. Daniel Auteuil’s Francois Coste is a successful middle-aged antique dealer who, it seems, has everything except true friendship. His attempts to secure a bond of camaraderie to win a bet centre around an unlikely tutor, a trivia gushing, generous cab driver named Bruno. Auteuil and director Patrice Leconte make Francois, the man hardly anybody likes, a likable, if somewhat pitiable screen persona while Bruno is less convincing as an amiable idiot-savant and subject to panic attacks under pressure. What could have been a more serious tome on friendship and loneliness, has become a good natured flick that I found mildly entertaining.
Posted Friday, 8 January 2010 See my other reviews
Chien T.
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Smart, funny, quirky and heartwarming - I watched it 3 times! I love the multi-layered storyline, and the portrayal of true straight friendship between two men which cuts through masculine modern day stereotypes. The supporting cast works well - even the bit roles such as the widow in the opening scene, and the receptionist at the television studio directing the vase delivery to Etienne Delamotte's office are emninently believable. Cinematography is quirky and interesting (like the zooming in face close-ups on Daniel Auteuil when his character delivers his trademark inane quips which reveal his cluelessness about people and humanity). Finally, but not least, the very modern score is beautifully crafted with a gentle yet distinctive middle eastern syncopation. I love it. You'll too if you enjoy a fare which is offbeat, yet distinctively modern french.
Posted Monday, 23 November 2009 See my other reviews
Janelle
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Quite good and well worth a look.
Posted Sunday, 7 June 2009 See my other reviews
Robert I.
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A great movie about the meaning of friendship. Typically French with all the quirkiness that goes with it. Loved it!
Posted Sunday, 15 March 2009 See my other reviews
Hawko
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I thought this movie was great. A humorous, heart warming tale of friendship. Makes a nice light change from many movies coming out today which tend to be depressing and sombre. This movie has that fun, feel good factor. Well worth a watch whether you like foreign movies or not.
Posted Thursday, 19 February 2009 See my other reviews
Amanda J.
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fun movie and classy comedy..teaches you about people and what it means to have a true friend.
Posted Saturday, 15 November 2008 See my other reviews
Janice T.
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After seeing The Closet, the lead actor is never a convincing bad guy for me and his friends seemed as nasty as him. The taxi driving mate was terrific.
Posted Monday, 28 July 2008 See my other reviews
girlster
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Not quite sure what I was expecting in this film. All I know is that Daniel Auteuil's character was such a sad fellow, I really felt sorry for him and was "willing" for him to find a friend to win his bet! Even his daughter didn't like him - how sad is that?
Posted Sunday, 23 March 2008 See my other reviews
Cheryl T.
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A very funny movie with some great acting and a quirky story line.
Posted Monday, 10 March 2008 See my other reviews
Laurie H.
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Fun movie.
Posted Monday, 4 February 2008 See my other reviews
Laurie H.
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Posted Monday, 4 February 2008 See my other reviews