The Best Movie
|The Best Movie|
|Directed by||Kirill Kuzin|
|Produced by||Artak Gasparyan
|Written by||Artak Gasparyan
|Music by||Yuri Poteenko|
|Edited by||Pavel Andryushenko|
|Russia January 24, 2008|
|Budget||USD 5 million + 5 million, marketing|
|Box office||30 496 695$|
The Best Movie (Russian: Самый лучший фильм, Samy luchshiy film) is a 2008 Russian comedy film from TNT and Comedy Club Russia, spoofing such famous Russian films as Night Watch and Day Watch, The 9th Company, Heat and TV series: My Fair Nanny, Dalnoboyshchiki and Brigada. The movie includes numerous cameos by Russian celebrities, some of them involving a humorous touch on their public image. For instance, socialite Kseniya Sobchak appears as a luxury prostitute, and gay icon Boris Moiseev plays a rough-and-tumble policeman, his only line being: "You gonna sign it all, you faggot!"
Vadik Volnov (Garik Kharlamov) dies on his own wedding of cannabis overdose and has to prove to God that he is worthy to enter Heaven. During his conversation with God's secretary, Vadik recalls numerous memorable moments of his earthly existence, such as getting drunk on cognac on his 8th birthday, service in the Soviet Army in Afghanistan, bandit showdowns in crime-ridden 1990s Russia, and, finally, meeting the love of his life.
- Garic Kharlamov — Vadik
- Mikhail Galustyan — Polkilo
- Еlena Velikanova — Nastya
- Armen Dzhigarkhanyan — God's secretary
- Pavel Volya — Тima Milan (parody of Dima Bilan)
- Valery Barinov — Nastya's father
- Iocif Buyanovsky — Lyalya
- Dmitry Nagiev — Drill Sergeant
- Dmitry Sychyov — Himself
- Boris Moiseev — Mаjor
Supported by an omnipresent marketing campaign, the film grossed 403 Mio. roubles on its opening weekend in Russia. From Russia and the CIS combined, it earned $16.5 million, breaking the opening-weekend record. This record was first surpassed by Avatar, although the film still holds the opening-weekend record for Russian films. Critics were vastly negative and on the film's second weekend the attendance had fallen by 72%.
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