Best Laid Plans (1999 film)

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Best Laid Plans
Best Laid Plans.jpg
Best Laid Plans promotional movie poster
Directed byMike Barker
Written byTed Griffin
Produced by
CinematographyBen Seresin
Edited bySloane Klevin
Music byCraig Armstrong
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • September 10, 1999 (1999-09-10)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[1]
Box office$27,816[1]

Best Laid Plans is a 1999 American crime drama film directed by Mike Barker and written by Ted Griffin. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, and Josh Brolin.


Bryce is a successful man who returns to his tiny hometown for a visit. While there, he runs into his old friend Nick. The two decide to go out for the night. When they enter a bar, Bryce encounters Kathy, a blonde temptress whom he eventually takes home for the night. When he awakens, Kathy informs him that she is underage and threatens to tell the police that Bryce has committed statutory rape. Bryce panics and decides to tie her up and hide her away in the basement. He then makes a call to Nick. Unbeknownst to Bryce, Kathy is actually Nick's girlfriend Lissa. The two had schemed to use Bryce's money to pay off a $15,000 debt they owe small-time hood Jimmy.



Best Laid Plans received mixed reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 43% of 21 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.8/10.[2] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 40 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

California on Location Awards

  • 1998: Won "Location Professional of the Year - Features" - Diane Friedman[4]


  1. ^ a b "Best Laid Plans (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Best Laid Plans". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 6, 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Best Laid Plans". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc.
  4. ^ "1998 COLA Winners". Retrieved 18 November 2022.

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