© 2023 WYPR
WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore WYPF 88.1 FM Frederick WYPO 106.9 FM Ocean City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

'My Best Friend'

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.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career — hired to write for every small paper that ever folded in Washington, just as it was about to collapse — saw that jinx broken in 1984 when he came to NPR.