Best F(r)iends: Volume 2

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Date

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 - 19:00

Venue

The Book Club
100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH
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Best F(r)iends is a 2017 American dark comedy thriller film starring Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Written and produced by Sestero in two parts (Volume One and Volume Two), it marks the reunion of Wiseau and Sestero 15 years after making the cult classic The Room. The plot follows a homeless drifter in Los Angeles who begins working at a morgue, only to realize his boss is hiding a mysterious past.

The film is partially based on a road trip where Tommy suspected Greg of attempting to kill him (of course this was not the case). But years later, as he was high on edibles, the thought came to Greg’s mind—what if he was trying to kill Tommy? And so, "Best F(r)iends" was born. Greg had always wondered what would happen if Tommy was given a character written just for him, in a film that wasn’t created by Tommy, hoping to see what Tommy could do in an actual decent film. The result? Well, to use Greg’s own words, it is batshit crazy!

In Volume Two, Jon (Sestero) and his girlfriend in crime Traci are on the run, engaged in a battle of wits with a troublesome ATM machine as well as having to contend with Uncle Rick (think Clint Eastwood after too many energy drinks), who not only has more than his fair share of good/bad dialogue but is given to threatening people with spontaneous bouts of exercise. Will Harvey (Wiseau) save the day?!

Can you capture lighting in a bottle... twice? With Tommy Wiseau it seems anything is possible. So join us for the second and concluding chapter of the film which "recaptures the magic of 'The Room' and the unique chemistry between Wiseau and Sestero" (IMDB). Thankfully it doesn't attempt to commit that worst of crimes - being bad on purpose - but still manages to be unwittingly hilarious anyway. We (might) have another exclusive video intro from Greg Sestero, but there'll definitely be a crappy competition, prizes and plenty of other stupid shit, so...can we be f(r)iends again?

This film is beyond stupid and convoluted...it's also effortlessly entertaining.

IMDB

To really enjoy this picture, one must require severe acclimatisation to the ‘so bad it’s good’ style of filmmaking.

Film Inquiry

This is another gloriously awful film from Tommy and Greg.  100% recommend this to anyone else that has been profoundly impacted by The Room.

Amazon

It's the hardest I've laughed in a very long time.

Letterboxd

Like its cult predecessor, Best F(r)iends skirts the standard good/bad binary through which we usually judge art.

Rotten Tomatoes