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by director Zoe Clarke-Williams
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A critical and box office fiasco (7% good reviews,
Metacritic summary 6/100), and rightfully so.
Unwatchable except for the nudity and sex scenes.
|Tuna's thoughts in
New Best Friend
(2002) is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks tries to fit in with
the beautiful people story. The setting is a southern college, and, as
the film starts, Mia Kirshner, the girl, is in a coma caused by an
overdose of cocaine. The investigating officer is a black temporary
chief who is expected to investigate to keep the mother quiet, but not
make any waves. The entire film is flashbacks showing how Kirshner was
paired with one of the in crowd for a school project. They took her in,
cleaned her up, and introduced her to their friends. They also taught
her about sex and drugs.
Dominique Swain as one of the girls shows her breasts during and after a
lesbian scene with Kirshner, and again at the end of the film, waking up
with a man and a woman, in what was originally intended to be the title
sequence at the beginning of the film. It didn't matter where you stuck
the nude scene, nothing could help this film. What is supposed to be a
mystery thriller is neither mysterious nor thrilling, and is not even a
good character exploration of these southern bell coeds. Reviews are
universally bad, and IMDB readers say 4.6 of 10. The film does look very
good, with a campus draped with Spanish moss, and good set decoration in
the interiors. What a shame they couldn't come up with a story to make
the technical achievement worthwhile.
- With their votes ... IMDB summary.
IMDb voters score it 5.0/10
- with their dollars ... It grossed $28,000 on
100 screens; was reviewed mercilessly; was pulled. Assuming
a ticket price of seven dollars, 4000 people saw it.
Assuming 21 showings per screen per week, it was shown 2100
times. That is slightly less than two people per screening!
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a E. This thing is awful, whether viewed as a whodunit or a
youthploitation pic. (Tuna C-)