Alicia (Mia Kirshner) is a poor girl starting college. Hadley (Meredith Monroe), Julianne (Rachel True) and Sydney (Dominique Swain) are three well-off girls in a row house. Classes begin and Alicia is paired with Hadley to work on a sociology class project. At first rejected, Alicia is finally accepted into Hadley's clique where she is introduced to a world of privilege and dangerous thrills. But her attempts to become one of them ultimately land her in the hospital.
The biggest mystery in "New Best Friend," a preposterous, prurient whodunit set on a North Carolina college campus, is how a charismatic rising star like Taye Diggs got stuck in the thankless role of a police officer investigating a drug overdose. As Artie, the acting sheriff who is stonewalled by college officials while investigating the cocaine overdose of a student who lies near death in a hospital, Mr. Diggs has little to do but slouch around like a third-string Columbo, knocking on doors and politely asking questions. — Stephen Holden
2002-04-12 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of New Best Friend