The trend with comedies these days seems to be: the more crude the script, the better. When it comes to offensive dialogues in movies, nothing shocks me anymore. My Best Friend’s Girl is one of those particular movies, and if you’re easily offended, think twice before seeing it.
Let’s start with the plot. Dane Cook is Tank, who is getting paid by helping dumped guys get their girl back. So how does Tank do it? He takes the girl on the worst date she’s ever had, which is a breeze for him since acting like a real jerk comes naturally for him. Then, the girl would realize how good she had it with her ex and will end up going back to him. Tank is the exact opposite of his roommate / best friend Dustin (Jason Biggs), who is generally a good guy and is hopelessly in love with his co-worker Alexis (Kate Hudson). Unfortunately, Alexis turned him down, which resorted to Dustin asking for Tank’s services. And what do you know, Tank turned out to be Alexis’ type, despite his obscene behavior during their date. What’s worse, the feeling is mutual. Now what is Tank to do: drop the bad attitude, continue seeing Alexis and betray his friend’s trust, or do the one thing he’s good at and sabotage a potential romantic relationship of his own?
I’ll give credit to this movie for taking the unusual route and highlighting the not-so-good guy in the story. It’s a risk, especially since it’s in a romantic comedy genre and no one will root for a foul-mouthed disgusting male lead. But it works because it has some touch of reality in it in a way. Some girls can’t explain their attraction to bad guys. A bunch of males have their sleazy sides and sensitive sides. Nice guys do finish last. Jerks do exist in this world. And they somehow find a way into our lives, no matter how careful we get to filter them out.
I found few things to complain about in the acting area. I’m not a fan of Dane Cook films, but he took a step up in this movie. He had some funny moments, especially during the scenes where he being lewd and scandalous on purpose. I’m just not so convinced if he can sell the good guy part. I think he would be more noticed if he did more of those buddy comedies instead of portraying these romantic leading man roles. Hudson got the role of fun-seeking girl down. She looks like the kind of girl who will go for the attractive but morally-challenged guy, much like Cook’s character, than be in a conventional relationship. I sympathize both with Biggs’ character and Biggs in real life. He gets stereotyped with the role of the genuinely good guy with the unexceptional looks. I think he could prove himself more in a different role. As for the interactions, I think that the dynamics of the relationship between the two best friends was more interesting and had more heart than the romantic angle.
One DVD featurette offers a view of the movie’s setting and film location, which is Boston. Incidentally, it is also Cook’s hometown, and a lot of people showed their love and support for the actor by standing by during shoots, even if it was late at night. Another clip featured the cast and their funny and awkward stories about their own dating experiences. I found no interest at all in viewing the deleted scenes because I didn’t get attached to the story enough to look for what I missed.
Overall, My Best Friend’s Girl is not a movie to be taken seriously. Just enjoy it for what it is, a mindless pleasant distraction, or maybe a humorous look at today’s dating culture. Avoid seeing this with your parents and don’t make the mistake of exposing this to young kids. Watch it with your significant other when you’re both in the mood for some laughs. Though chances are, the guys will enjoy it more.