Plot: Jon (Greg Sestero) is a drifter, but he wants a more stable lifestyle and tries to make the best of his current situation. He panhandles to earn pocket money, which lets him eat, but he needs more than spare change to turn his life around. When he encounters Harvey (Tommy Wiseau), he finds the eccentric man might strange, but is lured in with the promise of some honest work. Harvey is a mortician and he is always in need of extra hands, so he pays Jon to help him catch up, which includes removing the gold from the teeth of the deceased. Unable to resist a chance at fast cash, Jon steals some of the dental scrap and earns a nice payoff, though he feels guilty about it. But when he learns that Harvey has a storage unit filled with decades of precious dental scrap, can Jon resist betraying his one true friend?
Entertainment Value: An offbeat thriller with Tommy Wiseau as a manic mortician and Greg Sestero as a brooding drifter? Best F(r)iends couldn’t be more in my wheelhouse, as I love The Room and I could watch Wiseau read the phone book, but the movie blew my expectations out of the water. The narrative is loose, but interesting and relies more on characters than plot threads, with a focus on a dysfunctional friendship between Wiseau and Sestero, as I hoped. The story is a simple one and does what it needs to do, which is let these two go to work and of course, Wiseau’s unique brand of performance magic is on full showcase. The pace is tight and the tone is much darker than I expected, with a creepy vibe in some scenes and a visual design that reinforces the dark mood, so there is some solid atmosphere here. The visuals are a memorable element of Best F(r)iends, as there is a polished, elegant presence to the movie, so this is a stylish thriller with some great production value involved. If you’re looking for the same vibe as The Room, you might be let down, but Wiseau more than delivers with his performance, so some glimpses into that madness are present here. The banter between he and Sestero also recalls that timeless classic, but this movie is its own beast, to be sure. I just had a lot of fun with this first installment of Best F(r)iends and easily give it a high recommendation, especially to those who appreciate offbeat cinema.
No nakedness. A light romance thread is present, but no sexual content and the corpses are all tastefully covered. There is a strong necrophiliac vibe at times, but again, no sexual content in this one, from the living or the dead. The movie has some bursts of violence, but this doesn’t yield much bloodshed and what red stuff is around isn’t graphic in the least. So yes, some crimson is seen here and there, but it isn’t kinetic gore or buckets of blood, just some mild violence that is in line with what you’d expect from a dark thriller. The dialogue is insanely fun in Best F(r)iends and of course, Wiseau is a constant source of hilarious and outlandish moments, which he makes the most of with his usual manic, enthusiastic performance. His wild banter is one of the film’s highlights and he has a consistent flow of memorable or bizarre lines, so there is no shortage of Wiseau’s magic in this movie. In the arena of general craziness, the movie has a weird vibe throughout and has an unsettling atmosphere, so the entire experience just feels a little off. Then you have the eerie masks, Wiseau’s presence, the crazed dialogue, and inexplicable finale. So this might not be the total mind warp of The Room, but there is some worthwhile craziness to be had in Best F(r)iends.
Overall Insanity: 7/10