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My Best Friend's Girl

My Best Friend's Girl
Starring:
Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs


Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: September 19, 2008 Released by: Lions Gate Films

If women make romantic mistakes they make it with a rogue like Tank (Dane Cook). He offers to push girlfriends back to guys by providing a date from hell. It's basically the same premise as 2005's Hitch with Will Smith who was given a far better script to follow.

It's the old "I like you as a friend" that comes from Alexis (Kate Hudson) to the wimpy porn addicted Dustin (Jason Biggs), in the same old part he has played since his successful American Pie ten years ago. He's the nice guy who doesn't start a fire or even warmth for Alexis.

While Tank wears a Mickey Mouse hat and Boston Braves tee, Hudson jogs in Boston Common to stay skinny. Tank hammers at a born again Christian played effectively for sympathy by Riki Lindhome. She is the opposite of Tank who streams vulgar lines about gonads and sexual activity while they eat at a Christian pizza shop, most of the lines fall flat. But a few scenes bring laughs, one built around a confusing three way telephone call in front of a class and the experience of Alex Baldwin as Tank's dad and a lecherous college professor who Tank has learned his courting ritual makes the vulgar pronouncements a stream of comedy.

Hudson, like Biggs, is a long way from her hit role as Penny Lane in Almost Famous, she desperately needs a sound script, comedy or otherwise.

The resolution of the film in a yelling scene of reconciliation at a restaurant which stretches reason after Tank has completely ruined a sister's wedding having even exposed himself to the mother of the bride.

This is a desperate script by Jordan Cahan lacking in joy and comedy - it is also a pail copy of Hitch.

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