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R| 1 hr. 26 min.

Plot Summary
Elliot (Joe Pantoliano) is almost 50 years old and still an aspiring writer, slowly meandering through life. Well aware of his failure, he appears at ease with his lowly status in the social order -- that is, until his old childhood friend Richard (Boyd Gaines) returns to their hometown. Unlike Elliot, Richard leads a glamorous lifestyle as a big-shot film producer. It's only a matter of time before jealousy starts eating away at Elliot, bringing to light long-held grudges and secrets.

Cast: Joe Pantoliano , Boyd Gaines , Jennifer Tilly , Peter Gerety , Bronson Pinchot , Matthew Arkin , Polly Draper , Barbara Barrie

Director: Eric Weber

Genres: Comedy drama

Second Best (2005)

Release Date: May 27th, 2005|1 hr. 26 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • A guy flick, but I can't imagine many male viewers actually identifying with Elliot or his friends. The depression would be unbearable. show more

  • Pantoliano brings his usual degree of wily, understated humor to his role and is ably supported by the terrific ensemble, but he's unable to elevate a film that is ultimately as directionless as its protagonist. show more

  • If it weren't for "Sideways," Second Best probably wouldn't have been released at all, but the earlier film made you root for a hapless schmo. This one doesn't, mainly because its protagonist is so obnoxious. show more

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