Parents' Guide to

My Best Friend's Girl

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Inane, raunchy romantic comedy inspires no love.

Movie R 2008 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Crass and sexist

Repeated 'F' words, sexist comments about mothers, body shaming - all in 1 movie.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 17+

Worst. Movie. Ever

I was an extra in this movie, and that may be the only reason I bothered seeing it. Totally forgettable. May be the only movie I have ever watched where I do not remember a thing about it. My take, like it says, don't bother.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (2):

This movie is crass when it needn't be, romantic when it doesn't ring true, and hatefully sexist for much of the time. What are talents like Hudson (Almost Famous seems so long ago these days) and Biggs (who, post-American Pie, seemed headed for a stellar, Ben Stiller-type career) doing in this mess? MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL presumes that women are still here to save despicable men from fates worse than their deeds and that men are, with few exceptions, cads and idiots who need rescuing.

Not that movies have never been made on such premises before -- but for them to work, the writing has to be sharp, the storytelling superb, and the characters believable. It's not atypical for frogs to turn into princes in romantic comedies, but this one takes that conceit too far. (How different might the movie have been had the story been told with Dustin as the hero rather than the sidekick?) Cook does such a great job playing the near-nastiest man alive that it's hard to understand how he's all appealing. How can we believe that a man who would stoop so low as to proposition his girlfriend's mother would be forgiven? Or that said girlfriend, who's supposed to be smart, would actually be taken in by him in the first place? My Best Friend's Girl doesn't just require mere suspension of disbelief, it demands lunacy.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 19, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: January 12, 2009
  • Cast: Dane Cook, Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson
  • Director: Howard Deutch
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong language and sexual content throughout, including graphic dialogue and some nudity.
  • Last updated: February 22, 2023

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