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Best F(r)iends: Volume 1 (2017)

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When a drifter befriends a quirky mortician, an unlikely business partnership is formed. Paranoia soon develops, however, and both men are forced to come to terms with the fragility of friendship and loyalty.

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Justin MacGregor

Writer:

Greg Sestero
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Cast

Credited cast:
Greg Sestero ... Jon Kortina
Tommy Wiseau ... Harvey Lewis
Kristen StephensonPino ... Traci Walton
Vince Jolivette ... Andrei
Rick Edwards ... Rick Stanton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Bissell Tom Bissell ... Martin
Michael Davis ... Car Salesman
Robert Briscoe Evans ... Social Worker
Carter Friend ... Lester Green
Angelina Guido Angelina Guido ... Andrei's Girl 2
Blake Hastings Blake Hastings ... Young Jon
Erin Hodgkins Erin Hodgkins ... Elizabeth
Kristopher MacGregor ... Christmas Boyfriend
Trisha Miller ... Jon's Mom
Doreen Morales Doreen Morales ... Dental Hygienist
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Storyline

When a drifter (Sestero) is taken in by a peculiar mortician (Wiseau), the two hatch an underground enterprise off the back of the mortician's old habits. But greed, hatred, and jealousy soon come in turn, and their efforts unravel, causing the drifter to run off with the spoils and leaving the mortician adrift.

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Friendship before money.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some grisly images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best F(r)iends: Volume 1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,671, 1 April 2018

Gross USA:

$252,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$290,064
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sestero Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Prince Charles Cinema)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.90 : 1
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Trivia

Director Justin MacGregor is a friend of Greg Sestero's. He saw The Room (2003) for the first time when he was 16 years old. Coincidentally, he and Greg met at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver, Canada - the same theatre where Greg and James Franco met for the first time and agreed to turn Greg's memoir into The Disaster Artist (2017). See more »

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Best F(r)iends (2018)
26 September 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

Tommy Wiseau is a national treasure. I love The Room. its phenomenal. Its obviously terrible but its probably the best worst movie ever made. I didn't think the trailer for Best F(r)iends was a real thing. Seeing Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau reuniting for a film, that's amazing. I tried to catch this in its very limited theatrical run but here we are the time has come for me to see this. Its not amazing or anything but its exactly what you want from this project involving the pair.

The film is about a drifter who is down out of luck and how his life changes when he meets an odd and eccentric mortician. The mortician gives him a job and the pair become friends. The drifter takes advantage of an opportunity and sells gold teeth that the mortician has saved up and realizes that they could make a fortune off of it. The pair enjoy success at first but soon their friendship is tested. Loyalty, betrayal, trust, all of it is explored in this tale. Interestingly, Sestero himself wrote this picture in a very brief screenplay.

The film isn't the most smartly written for sure and I think its purposeful. The odd nature of Wiseau and his terrible delivery is on full display here and its turned up to 11. I dug that; the film shouldn't really be taken seriously and its understood the goofy nature of the story itself and the oddball that is Wiseau. Yet just seeing the two on screen together and being able to play off each other was fun to see. I am actually curious to see the second part of this film, I never know I needed this.

This film definitely won't be for everybody. I can imagine casual filmgoers won't find the enjoyment they seek in this. Why should they? Its not very good. This film is for the people (like me) who loved The Room and the lore that comes with it. That film is the most quotable ever and the bare minimum is delivered in this film. And that minimum standard is to see Wiseau being Wiseau and not making any sense. Bring on Volume 2. The wait is tearing me apart.

6/10


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