*Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
Best Men (1997) is now a MGM Limited Edition DVD, and I was excited to review the movie because Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses. It turned out she wasn't actually in the movie much - it focuses more on her groom and his best men (hence, the title), who get involved in a bank robbery, even though they definitely weren't planning on it.
Hope’s (Drew Barrymore) big mistake on her wedding day was sending the groomsmen to collect her jailbird fiancé Jesse (Luke Wilson) from prison. For on the way from the penitentiary, the best man, Billy (Sean Patrick Flanery), decides he needs a little cash infusion from the town bank…so he holds it up! But it’s not long before all of the groomsmen are held up – when the cops surround the place! And since neither hell nor high water will stop Hope from having her day…she rushes into join her fugitive wedding party, at the risk of spending her honeymoon – not to mention the rest of her life – behind bars!
This was definitely a blast from the past - I was 10 when this movie came out, and it's rated R, so I had not seen it at the time. Dean Cain,
who is very hot here whom I used to love on his Superman show, plays one of the best men, as does Andy Dick and Dean Patrick Flannery. Luke Wilson is the groom-to-be, who never actually makes it to the church altar, because it turns out one of his best men is Hamlet, the infamous bank robber who decides to get in a quick robbery before going to his best friend's wedding!
To complicate things, "Hamlet's" father, with whom he's not close, is the town's sheriff of sorts; and because everyone in the town has known these boys since they were in diapers, they're not only rooting for them to get out of the bank safely, but they're treating them as heroes, too.
This was a quirky movie that managed to hold my attention throughout its runtime. I tuned in for Drew Barrymore but she really wasn't in it that much; the best men, however, are the stars of the show, and are all different and interesting. I'd recommend this movie for anyone looking to watch a dark comedy of sorts at home, or for those who like movies about crime/robberies.
3.5 stars out of 5.
Best Men is rated R with a runtime of 90 minutes. Click here to purchase.