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Catherine (Gayet), refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François (Auteuil), has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver (Boon) to play the part.

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  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand, Jacques Mathou
  • Directors: Patrice Leconte
  • Writers: Patrice Leconte, Jérôme Tonnerre, Olivier Dazat
  • Producers: Eric Jehelmann, Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UAE7MM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Best Friend" on IMDb

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on September 1, 2007
Format: DVD
"My Best Friend" could have been maudlin (in the hands of a less talented foreign director) or irritatingly over-the top (in he hands of a less talented American director. Instead it is a believable and charming look at friendship in the 21st century, and the lengths to which some will go to get it.

Francois Coste (Daniel Auteuil) is a Parisian dealer in Art Deco antiques. He is completely focused on his business, and on the accumulation of goods. Evidently, this monomania has come at the expense of family, friendships and business ethics - has gained him the notoriety of being a man who has no friends. At a restaurant gathering on his birthday, his associates tell him bluntly that when he dies, there will be exactly zero people at his funeral. Coste can't accept this and claims to have many friends. He is challenged by his business partner (whose sexual preference he does not even know) to prove this. He has 10 days to prove that he is not totally bereft of friends.

Bruno Bouley (Balanchine in the English version) is a voluble and warmhearted taxi driver - the kind who rattles off historical details as he drives his fares around town. Bouley has tried to make his talent pay off by appearing on French TV game shows, but his extreme nervousness keeps him from being chosen as a contestant.

One day, these two meet, and after a certain amount of skittishness, Costes decides that this hyper-extraverted cab driver could be his ticket to winning his bet. He engages him to teach him to be friendly.

The film could have taken many paths, but trod one of believability and pathos.
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Format: DVD
Oh no, not another winsome human comedy about life-lessons and friendship. Buy a movie ticket or the DVD anyway. In the hands of director Patrice Leconte and actors Daniel Auteuil and Dany Boon, My Best Friend turns out to be not just a charming, sweet-natured fable, but a well-told and well-acted one. Francois Coste (Auteuil) co-owns a Paris gallery, has a great-looking apartment, seems estranged from his college-going daughter, knows many people in the business and has just impulsively bought at auction a very expensive Greek vase. One thing Coste lacks are any friends. Oh, he has plenty of business acquaintances, is reasonably cordial most of the time, but also, we notice, is somewhat distant to everyone he knows. He can talk antiques engagingly but he doesn't seem to really notice much about the people he talks to. When he gets in over his head financially with the purchase of the vase, his smart, good-looking partner is irritated. Francois has never even noticed that she likes women and has a partner of her own. She makes a bet with him. He has ten days to prove he has a best friend...or she gets the vase. Francois is smugly confident, until the people he adds to his list of friends begin telling him the truth. And then he meets a cabdriver, Bruno Bouley (Boon). Bruno likes people, listens to them, talks to them and has a great passion for odd facts. He wants to be on a television quiz program. People seem naturally to like Bruno. When Francois realizes he has no friends, real friends, the kind you can call up at 3 a.m. or who will do whatever it takes to come to your assistance if you need help, he decides to have Bruno teach him how to make friends. It doesn't work out quite the way Francois expects, or the way we expect, at least not till the very end of the movie.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on July 28, 2007
Format: DVD
Francois (Daniel Auteuil) has built a life without much human connection though he has an estranged daughter, Louise (Julie Durand) who lives with him and a steady lover who understands Francois better than he understands himself: she comes and goes as Francois wishes never making demands on his time or emotions. As his partner Catherine (Julie Gayet) comments: "You have built a life of things not friends." Appropriately enough, Francois is an antiques dealer who one day, seemingly on an impulse beyond his control buys at auction, a classical Greek vase supposedly commissioned by Achilles after the death of a dear friend in which Achilles once filled with his own tears.
Selfless friendship: an unknown quality that Francois wants to know more about particularly when Catherine bets him to produce an actual real, in the flesh friend: something that Francois has avoided his entire life.
Director Patrice Leconte has explored the dynamics of male bonding and friendship before particularly in the excellent, finely delineated "Man on a Train." But here, even though Auteuil and the object of his friendship Bruno (the excellent Dany Boon) do a good job at trying to make the plot serious and meaningful, Leconte's approach is too heavy handed and clumsy: too many scenes just do not ring true; they lack the inner fire, the kind of truth that make them come alive. Instead the denouements of most scenes fall flat and veer towards the mawkish and soap opera-like.
With all of that said, there is an undeniable thoughtfulness and caring in Dany Boon's performance as Bruno...a taxi driver who has memorized thousands of unrelated facts, failed at marriage yet not failed at life: he is alive with the stuff necessary to allow him easy access into people's lives: he is a mensch...
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