My Best Friend

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Daniel Auteuil, Julie Gayet, Dany Boon, Julie Durand. Written by Patrice Leconte, Jerome Tonnerre. Directed by Patrice Leconte. 94 min.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Franois 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 blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. Hes arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they dont 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, its hers. Having accepted the wager, Franois 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. Brunos chatty, lowbrow ways grate against Franoiss designer temperament, but he covets the other mans easy way with people. He convinces Bruno to teach him how to make friends and sets about learning the three Ss being sociable, smiling and sincere though they dont come easy. Ultimately, Franois victory will depend on Bruno's naivet in playing along, but what's the cost of cheating at friendship?

PREVIEW REVIEW: The lead has been so caught up with self and a goal of possessing things that he has never attempted to learn how to develop friendships. By films end however, he, like George Bailey in Its a Wonderful Life, discovers that no man is a failure who has friends. I had a nice time with this good-natured fable. Its an interesting foreign film, one with subtitles, but unfortunately, it contains some PG-13 content, which, had it not been there, no one would have missed it. Still, the moral (true riches are found in friendships) is pleasant, even if todays mores dominate (premarital sex, the gay lifestyle and stealing are accepted), the performances are engaging and the script is thoughtful.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
IFC Films

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Crude Language: I caught none.

Obscene Language: Around eight obscenities (the s- and f-words).

Profanity: I caught no misuse of Gods name

Violence: None

Sex: A side character, a co-worker of the leads, is a lesbian. We see her and her lover in bed in one scene. No sexual activity going on. It is implied that the lead is having sex with a woman, but we do not see the activity.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None


Other: None

Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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