My Best Friend’s Girl
From Howard Deutch, the auteur behind the seminal teen movie Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald, My Best Friend’s Girl is a 1980s throwback rom-com, updated with scatological language. Dane Cook, so disagreeable in last year’s Good Luck Chuck, proves that was no fluke with a repugnant performance as Tank, a lothario who makes repulsing women his business (he charges other guys to take their girlfriends on abusive dates). Into this contrived set-up comes Alexis (Kate Hudson), the girlfriend of Tank’s unconfident best friend Dustin (Jason Biggs), and matters get predictably complicated when Tank falls for his best friend’s girl.
Cook’s abrasive shock-jock persona makes Russell Brand look like Cary Grant. His incessant desire to repel works against the romance; once Tank has aggressively forced his naked crotch into his girlfriend’s mother’s face at a wedding, it’s hard to care whether he gets the girl or not. A shamefully slumming Alec Baldwin has an extended cameo as Cook’s womanising father, but even five plays of The Cars’ hit song ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ on the soundtrack can’t conceal that this is a romantic comedy that’s lamentably short of love or laughter.
General release from Fri 21 Nov.