Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Movie Reviews
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My first reaction to this movie was to say "HA! AS IF!" But after thinking about it I think I was being too generous. There's a lot of funny stuff in this movie but in the end it ends up being too cute by half. The best thing I could say about this movie is that the girl played by Anna Chlumsky who ends up coming between two equally unexceptional and undesirable men is strong enough to dictate her own romantic terms. That being said, the movie implies that all women really want is to be pleased in the sack, something that I think most women would find utterly unpalatable. The movie also falters in its portrayal of women, especially when it comes to Bert's wife. She is a vixen shrew and the script is only too happy to send this reductive character on her merry way. And yet Bert hangs around, acting as smug and egomaniacal as possible. Wait, it is 2013, isn't it??
We've all heard of movies about "the other woman" but far fewer about "the other man". Now take this concept one degree further in the direction of the absurd and imagine the wronged husband and the other man actually (gulp) becoming friends. This is the basic premise of this movie. Arnie is a slick (and I guess kinda sexy) guy who wants to bed everything that moves, including Bert's wife. Bert finds out and divorces his wife, though in the process he somehow ends up becoming best buds with the guy who destroyed his marriage. It's a totally ridiculous concept and one that could never happen in real life, but it plays well in this movie which I first noticed at several film festivals earlier this year. The two leads are hilarious and Anna Paquin is all grown up from her "My Girl" days - you might also recall her from a cute cameo she did on "30 Rock".