Her Best Friend's Husband
Drama | 91 Mins | Released: 2002
Director: Waris Hussein
Starring: Cheryl Ladd, Bess Armstrong, William R Moses, Lindy Booth, John Ralston, Meg Hogarth, Jim Thorburn
Our Rating: 5
In Her Best Friend’s Husband, best friends Mandy Roberts (Bess Armstrong) and Jane Thornten find themselves at a crossroads. Mandy is the stifled wife of Will and mother to college student daughter, Kelly, but she longs to be more. When Mandy gets the nerve to ask for a divorce and open her own business she asks Jane for support. The widowed Jane obliges begrudgingly, but feels for the wounded Will and Kelly. Naturally (and predictably) Will and Jane fall in love. How will Mandy react? Will Jane’s conscience let her love Will? What will Kelly do when she finds out? We know the answers already, but it’s still fun to watch. A standout in this cast is up-and-coming Canadian actress Lindy Booth as Kelly. She is a joy to watch in anything, but it is especially exciting to see her featured so prominently here.
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vchimpanzee11 – April 2006
Jane is a busy New York attorney who did not have time to come to the funeral when her best friend Mandy lost her father. But for Mandy’s birthday, she is flying to Seattle and taking some time off.
Mandy is not happy. She never sees her architect husband Will except when they are in bed. She wants a divorce. And she wants to start her own design business, to be located in a building owned by furniture designer Elliott. Mandy also thinks that two years after Peter died, Jane needs to start dating again, and Jane and Elliott seem to get along.
Mandy and Will have a daughter Kelly who is in college and dating Sam, a rock musician. Kelly doesn’t think her parents will approve. Jane has connections that might help Sam’s career.
From the movie’s title, you can probably guess what will happen. I won’t give too much away, but I will say characters have mature reactions to the events that take place … eventually. They set examples for people who might behave otherwise in the real world, because situations like this happen all the time.
Lindy Booth was absolutely adorable as Kelly. I hated to see her sad, but Booth handled both perky and depressed well.
Cheryl Ladd looks cute with short hair. And, at least when this movie was made, she had nice legs for tennis and … other activities.
Bess Armstrong wasn’t much to look at and all her character seemed to do was complain, and yet I didn’t find her unpleasant. It has been a lot of years since she was so cute in “On Our Own”, and I would say she looks her age. But she must have done a good job with this role, because a guy should automatically run and hide on hearing the first words in this paragraph.
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