Natalie Portman Developing Stoner Comedy Titled 'Best Buds'

February 22, 2010
Source: Pajiba

Natalie Portman

If you didn't know, Natalie Portman started a production company called Handsomecharlie Films a few years ago to develop projects that better "suited her tastes." One of their first films, Hesher, just premiered at Sundance. Pajiba reports that Portman is now developing a stoner comedy at Handsomecharlie called Best Buds. She will produce and star in the project that's said to be in the same vein as Harold & Kumar and Half-Baked. The story centers on two best female friends who take a road trip to their friend's wedding in order to save her by bringing her weed. I've already heard more than enough about this, I'm totally in.

The script for Best Buds was apparently written by Jamie Denbo, who wrote and starred in the Showtime pilot "Ronna & Beverly." Pajiba says this will probably be Portman's next project after she finishes Thor and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which Handsomecharlie is also producing. I agree with Pajiba's Dustin Rowles about this: "it [will] be nice to see a female-driven stoner comedy, for a change." I guess we don't see that too often which is why this already sounds so good. I'm loving everything about this so far. I'm a sucker for stoner comedies and I love Natalie Portman. Can't wait for this one to get going. But who will direct?

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  • Xerxex
    I'm in.
  • The Man With No Name
    I wish that I could direct this movie...
    oh great another stoner pic.(sarcasm.)
  • Wordage
    At least it's not a Kevin Smith film....
  • Matt
    I would do terrible, terrible things for her.
  • Wordage
    "I would do terrible, terrible things for her." Like watching The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.
  • bud
    Uh ""it [will] be nice to see a female-driven stoner comedy, for a change." what about Smiley Face (2007) w/Anna Feris, that was female driven stoner comedy.
  • Benlomand
    Sounds very lame. She should stick to acting.
  • #7 - Saw it and wasn't impressed. That was a bad movie, stupid, unfunny, didn't enjoy it at all unfortunately, but I have much higher hopes for this movie.
    • meltinzone
      You obviously don't 'get it' then. I'm really hoping Faris is in this. She set the PERFECT example and broke the mold. She deserves the credit, though as per usual, the public will eat this up because portmans more well known. Smiley Face was D BOMB and Faris deserves all the credit in the world, and funny part is, what many don't know is later that year (2007) she also played a stoner chick in Mama's Boy. So as much as I like Natalie Portman, I'm off her unless it's her and Faris.... Oh yeah, Mama's Boy also has other references to pot, like the monkey dong bong, man I wish I could find that! hahaha, and Faris won Stonette or something like that for '07 at the stoner awards. Faris rocks.
  • bud
    hey #9 didn't say it was good said it existed as a female stoner movie, it was dull, badly shot, and not very well acted.
  • Eric B.
    Portman is so MONEY...
  • Joshua m
    Okay, three things I hate hearing about: James Cameron, 3d and stoner movies... Seriously? Stoner isn't a word in the "spell check" dictionary?
  • bozo
    @5 - indeed. I'd join that army.
  • Cody
    Lol Im in
  • Nuika
    This is why I love Portman, always taking on roles that are just unsuspecting of her Expect the unexpected with her. Love stoner comedies as well so I'm certainly sold
  • Brian
    "I've already heard more than enough about this, I'm totally in." My sentiments exactly!
  • Domingo
    She is now my favorite person.
  • Chucho
    Ok Alex, bring it on: Natalie Portman is mine!!! wahahahaha! - I also have a crush on her :)
  • florian
    natalie, i want to hug you for this i certainly have VERY HIGH hopes for this film
  • florian
    very high
  • var2apo
    Natalie Portman is a great actress. I think that Sofia Coppola could direct this movie.
  • Joey
    ugh she is amazing in every way and this just makes her even better
  • Kroq
    Any ideas on co-stars? I'd cast Kirsten Dunst or Scarlett Johansson.
  • dubs
    i think it seems swell. and even if it isn't original, portman's big name can get the film both the attention and budget a female-driven movie that does women justice needs. there's a quote of hers i got from a vouge that gives me a lot of hope for this, "there's a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men's magazine cover and playing yourself-- a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends-- in a bra and underpants." maybe this is just my little femme-nazis rant, but i think the portrayal of women in hollywood needs to be done by women, and complicated ones at that, which makes me think (unlike number 8) that she is doing a good thing by dabbling in things other than acting. nothing against men, but they are men and that is their worldview which is respectable enough, but there is more to a woman than what has been popular in hollywood. costars, i vote ellen page. she's good for this role.
  • Bestbudstv
    There is a Best Buds web series on Blip TV..............pretty funny stuff.




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