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"My Best Friend" -- Absurd but fun

Updated on September 18, 2008

My Best Friend is a French comedy that has an absurd premise. A very successful, middle-aged art collector realizes that he does not have any true friends. The people that he works with, the other collectors, and his business colleagues all despise him. His business partner challenges him to find one true friend. This situation deeply bothers the collector and he seeks out with all his energy to find one true friend.

Despite this silly premise, the acting is first rate. The main character takes the situation very seriously and genuinely seeks out a friend. In the process of the journey, he finds a person who he identifies as "friendly" and seeks to learn from him. This relationship is the high point of the movie.

The comedy here stems from the situations and the acting of the characters involved. This is a movie in the It's a Wonderful Life category so if you enjoy human comedies with heart, then this is an excellent selection.

This a movie in French. The acting and situations are such that you don't need to read every word of the subtitles but there are many moments where the exact words of the dialogue need to be read. If subtitles bother you, then perhaps you should avoid this movie.

On the other hand, this is a movie that if you go with it, will appeal to Americans. The ideas here feel very comfortable to American sentiments and my wife and I found this movie amusing.

I would say rent this movie if you are in the mood for a light comedy and don't mind subtitles.


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