Taye Diggs, Mia Kirshner, Meredith Monroe, Dominique Swain, Oliver
Rachel True, Joanna Canton and Scott Bairstow
Directed by:Zoe Clark Williams
Best Friend looks like a grainy student film written by a student
about students, but with a pro-cast. The director, Zoe Clarke
Williams takes some liberties with fancy schmancy camera filters
that unfortunately reduce some scenes to looking like cheaply
edited "mind trips." But on the other hand she did cast
her characters well. Bravo for taking those chances and exploring
the mediums artistical side, I do respect that, and maybe next
time it will work.
The list of young gorgeous actor talent delivers wonderfully with
what they are given. Sadly, if the story had have been a little
more congruent in delivery, a little less discombobulated, we
would have had a hit on our hands.
goes mousy booky "A" student Alicia (Mia Kirschner)
has had a drug overdose and lay in a coma
The nerdy sheriff
(Taye Diggs) is interviewing her "friends" at college
to find out if this is more than a simple case of party gal gone
dead. Each friend shows a slightly different side of Alicia; twisted
tales of the girl that is fighting to save her life.
story flashes back to each scene as the narrator begins the tale
First we meet friend Hadley (Meredith "Grace Kelly-esque"
Monroe ex-Dawson Creek chick). Alicia had been assigned a partner
for a paper that will, basically, decide the grade for the graduating
new assignment partner is Hadley the rich "it" girl
on campus. Hadley and her posse take Alicia under their wings
and corrupt her, as any self respecting school druggie party scene
queen would do.
doesn't stand a chance
The ex-Bookworm is drunk literally
and metaphorically, with suddenly slinking around with the hipster's
crowd. In a nano-second she's half naked in designer wears- like
them, snorts substances without regard for quality or quantity-
like them and even decides to sleep with some of them---male and
female. While innocent devil Alicia seems especially smitten with
Trevor (Scott -scrumptious mansteak in the making-Bairstow), Hadley's
boink boy she also decides a good roll with Sydney (Dominique
- blunt chickbabe extraordinaire and super talent-Swain) the resident
bisexual would be a hoot!
seethes as Alicia worms her way, all innocent eyed, into every
aspect of her life
even into the boyfriend waters. Sydney
seethes as her new clamdigging gal pal moves on to play an adult
version of Jane and Dick. The NC-17 version See Jane Get Funky
other sorority gals and friends around Alicia each explain who
they feel the real Alicia is. The sheriff has to decipher who's
telling the truth, and who, if anyone is to blame for her overdose?
Did Alicia simply accidentally overdose, or is it a sinister sisterhood
behind the semi-dead gal's dilemma?
story wields through confusingly and often ricochets so unevenly
you're downright confused as to what's up and who's where
if you know the cast, you may want to see the film just to see
them giving some great performances. The director, Clark-Williams
is heading towards getting it right, she definitely got her stars
to shine, and perhaps it's a miscommunication between her lens'
vision and her brain's that left the film "jumpy?
Evian and a protein bar