Saturday, November 9, 2013

  • Opens November 15, 2013 
  • R | brief nudity, sexual content and language

If you've never seen the first film, The Best Man (1999) than like me you will start off confused due to the large cast.  There's a little recap in the beginning that tells you the history between Harper and Lance who are best friends.  But due to a fictional book written by Harper that has unflattering characters all too similar to his real friends and an indiscretion with Lance's wife to be, they haven't been close since.

Rarely do you have a movie with such a large ensemble cast seamlessly click and hit a home run on all fronts.  The Best Man Holiday does just that.  The well written plot by Malcom D. Lee brings back Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) and Lance Sullivan (Morris Chestnut) for the holidays with all of their family and friends and of course baggage!

But as time has passed, Harper struggling to come up with a follow up best seller, is toying with the idea of doing a biography of his friend Lance who's set to retire from professional football soon.  When Lance's wife invites them over for the holidays as well as all the other friends of theirs, new calamities and old wounds make for an interesting holiday together.

While the story is very interesting, I cannot give enough praises to the actors.  Especially, Taye Diggs, and Terrance Howard as far as the male actors, they are truly exceptional among a great cast.  Terrance seems to have a knack for playing these seedy characters as of late, with a similar role in The Butler.  While Taye is just believable in his Charlie Brown type of role where the good guy doesn't always have things go right for him.  As far as the ladies, you have to love Monica Calhoun as Mia Sullivan.  Not to ruin anything, but the role that she plays takes a lot of effort and skill to pull off which she did.

While there are moments that will have you shedding a tear, the movie is a comedy and it will have you laughing out loud.  From when the "guys" are pulling the leg of Jordan's (Nia Long) new boyfriend to Quentin's (Terrence Howawrd) absurd and hysterically disturbing behavior, there are many laughs to be found.  There are also of course the confrontations, but as this movie shows, good friends push the little things aside when it matters.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie.  The only negative thing I can say that it can be a bit predictable at times.  Some may find it a little sappy.  But overall, you will enjoy yourself on this roller coaster of a ride of emotions that Malcom puts you on.  I would be surprise if they didn't continue with a third movie, but hopefully it doesn't take another 14 years to hit the theaters.

Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.


  • Taye Diggs as Harper Stewart, the protagonist of the original film
  • Sanaa Lathan as Robin Stewart, Harper's wife
  • Nia Long as Jordan Armstrong, Harper's close friend from college and former love interest
  • Morris Chestnut as Lance Sullivan, Harper's estranged best friend
  • Monica Calhoun as Mia Sullivan, Lance's wife
  • Harold Perrineau as Julian Murch, Harper's intelligent, mild-mannered good friend
  • Regina Hall as Candace "Candy" Murch, Julian's wife who was once an exotic dancer
  • Terrence Howard as Quentin Spivey, Harper's sly, foul-mouthed good friend
  • Melissa De Sousa as Shelby, Julian's snobbish ex-girlfriend

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