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New Best Friend

movie review out of 4 Movie Review: New Best Friend

Starring: Mia Kirshner, Taye Diggs
Director: Frank Mancuso
Rated: R
RunTime: 91 Minutes
Release Date: April 2002
Genre: Drama

*Also starring: Meredith Monroe, Dominique Swain, Rachel True, Scott Bairstow

Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

It is amazing what tripe get released theatrically these days. Zoe Clarke-Williams's NEW BEST FRIEND, a film that should be relegated to a dark and dusty corner of video stores, is somehow making its way instead to a nationwide release to theaters. It's hard to imagine acting that could be any flatter. Even a smart actor like Taye Diggs, playing the local sheriff, comes across as an automaton dressed like a GAP store sales associate. The sheriff is so forced to kowtow to the head of a rich North Carolina college that you keep expecting him to have say, "Yes sir, master."

The story concerns the non-accidental drug overdose of student Alicia Glazer (Mia Kirshner, EXOTICA). A poor girl who had recently begun to run with the rich, limo-riding crowd led by Hadley Weston (Meredith Monroe, "Dawson's Creek"), Alicia finds that she likes the high life of hard drugs and promiscuous sex. The mild mystery surrounds which girl tried to kill Hadley for sleeping with the wrong boy.

Although Diggs is obviously embarrassed by his part, the actresses slum shamelessly. A serious film, it does provide some relief in the form of unintentional humor since some actions are so outlandishly ridiculous.

"Sometimes bad things happen to good people," Hadley's boyfriend, Trevor (Scott Bairstow), says of Alicia's overdose. The same could be said of you if you decide to buy a ticket to NEW BEST FRIEND.

NEW BEST FRIEND runs 1:31. It is rated R for "strong sexuality, language and drug use" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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