My Best Friend's Girl movie review: Dustin, an amiable guy, is in love with Alexis, a coworker. When she tells him she just wants to be friends, he hires his roommate Tank, a fast-talking, amoral scoundrel who has a side business: men whose women have dumped them hire Tank to take their ex-girlfriends out on the date from Hell, to drive the women back into their old boyfriends' arms. He takes out Alexis who, against her better judgment, decides she needs some randy fun, so Tank is in a quandary: take Alexis up on her offer, or stay true to his friend. More complications ensue as the wedding of Alexis's sister approaches. Tank seeks advice from his father, Dustin pursues Alexis, and questions of self-worth need answers.
Skip it: Whoever thought it was a good idea to match an actor as unappealing as Cook with a character that does nothing but make you squirm for 100 minutes was wrong. And why in the name of Mira Sorvino is one-time Oscar nominee Hudson wasting her naturally sunny charm on trash like this? A smarter film might have been able to convincingly peel back the layers of Tank’s self-loathing to make the audience believe he deserves a shot with Alexis. But not this one. It’s a nauseating fraud from start to finish.
Catch it: To see why Alec Baldwin should never, ever leave “30 Rock” or else risk winding up in more insulting “in it for the paycheck” roles like the one he has here as Tank’s lecherous college professor father.
Bottom line: From tacky direction to cardboard characters to “jokes” that confuse cruelty with edgy comedy, the film’s level of awfulness is nothing new for Cook, but Hudson hits a new low. She’s been in plenty of crap before, just never anything this outright vile. The entire uninspired project has the noxious vibes of a star vehicle for a career that’s already stalled, supported by actors on the wrong side of Hollywood’s “It” list. That’s more than unfunny, it’s depressing.
Box Office: The film opened at #3 at the North American box office making $8,265,357 USD in its opening weekend.