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New Best Friend

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New Best Friend

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Limited Release Date:
04/12/02
performer:
Taye Diggs, Mia Kirshner, Dominique Swain
director:
Zoe Clarke-Williams
distributor:
TriStar Pictures
author:
80172
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

NEW BEST FRIEND Mia Kirshner, Meredith Monroe (2002, Columbia TriStar, 90 mins., R, also on DVD) Hot coeds, bisexual affairs, mind games, and a khaki-pant, shiny-badge sportin’ sheriff (Taye Diggs) investigating a campus cocaine overdose make for one flashy but uneven thriller. Director Zoe Clarke-Williams (who made a noteworthy debut with 1998’s Men) has a solid young cast in Exotica’s Kirshner, a homely, financially strapped bookworm, and Dawson’s Creek’s Monroe, the refined rich girl who underestimates her socially challenged protegee. Diggs’ wavering North Carolina accent, though, and some careless plot holes (they’re not friends, they’re best friends, suddenly the poor girl has a new wardrobe) keep Friend stuck in the bush league.

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