Girl’s Best Friend

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.30pm, Univer­sal A made-for-TV movie about a dis­grun­tled mu­sic critic who has to drive across the US in a pink car with just a cute jack rus­sell ter­rier for com­pany, Girl’s Best Friend is kind of junky. The only rea­son I men­tion it is be­cause of the su­perbly un­der­stated per­for­mance of the dog, Binky. I’ll spare you the te­dious set-up. Cut in­stead to the mo­ment when Mary (Janeane Garo­falo, 24, The In­creas­ingly Poor De­ci­sions of Todd Mar­garet), the girl of the ti­tle, first gets into the car with the dog. She hasn’t driven for years and can’t fig­ure it out at all, turn­ing on the wipers in­stead of the ig­ni­tion and so on. I swear the dog has an in­cred­u­lous look on its face that would trans­late to some sort of ir­ri­tated pro­fan­ity. Thank­fully it’s not one of those aw­ful out­ings where the dog ac­tu­ally does speak. Mary uses the dis­tance trav­elled to solve her boyfriend and mother is­sues. But Binky is the true star. There’s also plenty of room for non-royal mo­ments, such as Mar­garet Thatcher’s ‘‘ the lady’s not for turn­ing’’ speech, the emer­gence of the Sony Walk­man, and a brief anal­y­sis of the ro­man­tic pop move­ment fea­tur­ing archival in­ter­views with Boy Ge­orge. Royally nos­tal­gic.

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