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'My Best Friend'

Danny Boon (left) helps Daniel Auteuil learn to be likeable in My Best Friend. IFC Films hide caption

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IFC Films
  • Director: Patrice Leconte
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

An emotionally chilly antiques dealer (Daniel Auteuil) will lose a costly bet if he can't produce a "best friend" by the end of the month.

When all the acquaintances that occur to him as possibilities tell him they can't stand him, he hires a convivial cabbie (Danny Boon) to teach him how to relate to people better. Then he introduces the cabbie around as his best friend, a strategy that works until the cabbie realizes he's being used.

The script is a tad schematic, but clueless Auteuil and gregarious Boon are a winning combo — great fun to watch in a tale of male bonding, French-style.