Dane Cook continues his quest to prove he's unfunny in My Best Friend's Girl, a less-crude version of Good Luck Chuck with only a slightly altered premise. In the movie, Cook plays a guy named Tank, who is hired by other men to take their ex-girlfriends on dates and show those women, by being a complete and utter asshole, that their former flames aren't so bad. So, once again, Cook plays a womanizer who ultimately falls for one of his victims.
Thankfully, My Best Friend's Girl is no Good Luck Chuck. It isn't hilarious, it isn't a must-see, but it is mildly entertaining and easy to watch. It also doesn't self-destruct the way the aforementioned did, though it isn't completely clear of a Cook-meltdown that seems to be commonplace in his films.
I've never liked Dane Cook all that much and most likely never will, as he tends to play the same, rather shallow character in every picture he plays (Mr. Brooks being an exception). It's no surprise that none of his major movies have made much money or avoided critical scathing. That being said, My Best Friend's Girl is his best romantic comedy yet, as it relies more on its premise than silly moments. The screenplay isn't great, but I like the idea of a guy who is paid to be jerks to women - and Cook is an easy guy to hate.
The rest of the cast is pretty good. Jason Biggs does a decent job in a supporting role, and Kate Hudson is fine as the romantic lead (she too is someone who seems to have just accepted that she will play in romantic comedies for the rest of her life). Alec Baldwin, unfortunately, is not put to as good of use as he is capable of.
As entertaining as the movie is, it does suffer from a few awkward plot developments. The Jason Biggs storyline is all but dropped halfway through, even though he is "the best friend." This seemed to be the only real conflict in the story, but the writer and director seem content with just glossing over it for the most part. Furthermore, when Dane Cook finally decides to do the "right thing," he does it all wrong - leading to an absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable sequence near the end. Following that, the movie is somehow able to end happily - which again is unbelievable. Good Luck Chuck fell apart at the seams in the third act; My Best Friend's Girl doesn't blow up that badly, but it doesn't fare much better.
My Best Friend's Girl is surprisingly entertaining and at times moderately funny, though it's still a mediocre effort by Dane Cook. I don't understand why he continues to be a leading man.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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