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My Best Friend's Girl Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    34

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie is raunchier than expected, and above all clichéd, formulaic and thoroughly sexist. Worst, it's just not very funny.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    My Best Friend's Girl isn't just a misfire; it's a misfire compounded by a chain of miscalculations, and it's hard to figure out who this could appeal to (except, perhaps, Dane Cook's fan club).

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Laura Kern

    A date not entirely to be skipped. It's a movie tailor-made for those who think it's a turn-on to passionately kiss someone to whom they've just said, "I hate you."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The actors (especially Alec Baldwin, as Tank's horndog dad) elevate the material slightly, but such piffle will just fill you with longing...for a better movie.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Eventually the conventions of romantic comedy take hold, with the humor declining precipitously.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Manages to distract auds from the predictability of the plot with fusillades of profanely funny dialogue and some playfully sexy chemistry generated by Cook and Hudson.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Inane, raunchy romantic comedy inspires no love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this "hard R" comedy -- which may attract teen fans of star Dane Cook -- is stupid from the get-go and doesn't improve much as it goes along. It tries to earn laughs with coarse, gross-out humor, but not the genius kind masking a heartfelt message, a la Judd Apatow. There's partial nudity (breasts and butt) and non-stop sexual references, plus plenty of swearing (including "f--k"), drinking, demeaning sexist jokes, and more.

  • Families can talk about the "raunchy comedy" trend. Why are sex- and swearing-filled movies so popular? Is this movie as successful as its hard-R predecessors, or does it fall flat? Why? Parents, ask your teens what parts of the movie they found offensive. Why was that the case? Did any of it seem romantic? Why or why not? Families can also discuss the movie's perspective on women. Are they really so gullible that they'd fall for such an over-the-top scam like Tank's? Is Dustin really unattractive to women just because he's nice? Why would Alexis be attracted to Tank?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lots of jokes made at the expense of women (some are so sexist as to be utterly contemptuous) and occasionally men. Stereotypes are propagated; some characters cheat, lie, and deceive but are magically forgiven because they're sexually appealing. Bad behavior is depicted as worthy of being rewarded and niceness as being weak. Some positive depictions of friendships.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Two men fight over a woman; couples yell, scream at, and insult each other.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Strippers bare their breasts while doing lap and pole dances; couples straddle each other while having sex, though the camera shows them with their bottoms on; a naked backside is flashed briefly; passionate kissing; lots of crass jokes about copulation and other sexual acts, some in detail; a father uses his son as his wingman while picking up women at bars and then makes fun of him for falling in love; porn DVDs are strewn about, their titles and cover art visible; sex toys are displayed.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "s--t," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Titles of porn DVDs are clearly visible; Marlboro cigarettes; Pontiac.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking, sometimes to excess and fueling more-than-typical idiocy. Some smoking; a joke about cocaine.

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