My Best Friend's Girl

September 19th, 2008

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My Best Friend's Girl

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Tank faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.8/10 (21,092 voted)

Critic's Score: 34/100

Director: Howard Deutch

Stars: Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Jason Biggs

Dustin, an amiable guy, is in love with Alexis, a coworker. When she tells him she just wants to be friends, he hires his roommate Tank, a fast-talking, amoral scoundrel who has a side business: men whose women have dumped them hire Tank to take their ex-girlfriends out on the date from Hell, to drive the women back into their old boyfriends' arms. He takes out Alexis who, against her better judgment, decides she needs some randy fun, so Tank is in a quandary: take Alexis up on her offer, or stay true to his friend. More complications ensue as the wedding of Alexis's sister approaches. Tank seeks advice from his father, Dustin pursues Alexis, and questions of self-worth need answers.

Dane Cook - Tank
Kate Hudson - Alexis
Alec Baldwin - Professor Turner
Jason Biggs - Dustin
Diora Baird - Rachel
Lizzy Caplan - Ami
Riki Lindhome - Hilary
Mini Anden - Lizzy
Hilary Pingle - Claire
Nate Torrence - Craig
Malcolm Barrett - Dwalu
Taran Killam - Josh
Faye Grant - Merrilee
Richard Snee - Brian
Amanda Brooks - Carly

Taglines: It's funny what love can make you do...


Official Website: Lionsgate [United States] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 19 September 2008

Filming Locations: 1688 Beacon Street, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,265,357 (USA) (21 September 2008) (2604 Screens)

Gross: $41,622,502 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (unrated version)

Did You Know?

The director allowed the actors, particularly Dane Cook, to improvise extensively, often diverging completely from the script. He would sometimes run 20 or more takes, letting the performers do something different every time, before settling on a few of those ideas in order to get pick-ups or close-ups. This made life particularly interesting for the principal and background actors in the scene with Dane, as well as for the prop and sound personnel.

Continuity: Towards the end of the movie when Tank catches up to Alekis in the park running, she takes out her headphones to see who is calling her name, once she realizes it is Tank she puts her headphones back in. In the next shot her headphones are hanging around her neck.

Tank: How do I bump into her?
Craig: She's a high school English teacher.
Tank: I can't really hang around high school these days unfortunately.

User Review

Not for everyone .... but definitely entertaining to some!

Rating: 8/10

Maybe because I wasn't expecting Oscar material... maybe because I enjoy Dane Cook... maybe because Alec Baldwin can be funny in just about anything... I just really had a good time at this movie. I understand why it doesn't have huge box office appeal, but it certainly has appeal for a specific type of audience. Crude humor? Cheezy plot line? Bring it on! I'm sorry that more people can't enjoy 115 minutes of silly escapism.

Sure, most of it was predictable. Sure, Dane Cook was basically being Dane Cook. But if you let yourself catch all the RIDICULOUS lines (especially the dialog between Alec Baldwin and Dane Cook), and if you let yourself enjoy how cute Kate Hudson is ... you MIGHT just enjoy this movie a little.

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