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The Best Man

The Best Man (1999)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 71
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 20

With a strong cast and a host of well-defined characters, The Best Man is an intelligent, funny romantic comedy that marks an impressive debut for writer/director Malcolm D. Lee.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 9

With a strong cast and a host of well-defined characters, The Best Man is an intelligent, funny romantic comedy that marks an impressive debut for writer/director Malcolm D. Lee.



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In this romantic comedy, a writer finds out the hard way about the consequences of walking a fine line between fiction and real life. Harper (Taye Diggs) is an author whose first novel is soon to be published, just as he's been asked to be Best Man at the wedding of his friends Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun). Harper is suffering a worse case of publication-day jitters than most authors, and with good reason: much of his book has been drawn from real life, and he's afraid that


Drama, Comedy

Malcolm D. Lee

Feb 29, 2000

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (20) | DVD (9)

Ultimately when it's all said and done, Best Man remains always a groomsman, never a groom: It backs down on its promise to both challenge and entertain, opting instead for the easy laugh--and the pat ending.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Viewers who mistake the didacticism for stylistic weakness miss much of the point of this nicely toned movie.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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So much for the under-powered plot, from tyro writer/director Malcolm D Lee, to which the tiresome unearthing of nice guy Harper's previous dalliances contributes little.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The glossy ensemble cast is consistently interesting.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Warm ensemble performance and sophisticated finesse from Lee.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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The Best Man is phony on every level.

January 1, 2000
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Lee comes at the topics refreshingly, taking the African-American male, one of the least explored groups in film, and placing him under a microscope, not for judgment, but for observation.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Entertaining romantic drama ponders commitment, fidelity.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The wedding weekend entails predictable conflict and resolution, by way of some excellent performances.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

A fresh romantic comedy that's somewhat let down by a wayward plot, The Best Man is well worth watching for the outstanding ensemble acting and the intelligent, schmaltz-avoiding handling of love, marriage and friendship.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A festive few hours that often delights.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Best Man is a decent character driven effort and a light night out at the movies.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

In his earnestness Lee forgets that we need engagingly defective objects of mockery for comedy to work and instead falls back on characters who exhibit no demeaning flaws.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

When it comes right down to it, The Best Man isn't exciting, it isn't poignant, and the lessons learned in the end aren't particularly worth learning.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

[The] equivalent of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedy, in the worst sense.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

With a surprisingly good script and a very able cast, The Best Man is far better than it has any right to be.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Very nicely done all around, a fine motion picture for any old time, but super great for the holidays.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

Malcolm D. Lee is clearly a director to watch.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

See it twice!

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

If you ask me, it's impossible to not like a film that ends with the entire cast doing the electric slide to Cameo's '80s funk classic 'Candy.'

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee, a cousin of Spike Lee whose company produced the film, quickly demonstrates that film-making talent runs in the family, having genuine good fun with the universality of intimate male/female relationships.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Best Man

So last week I got a copy of "Best Man's Holiday". Sat down with my wife to watch it and realized, that I didn't remember anything from the first one. Actually, don't think I had ever seen it. So we stopped the dvd, and found the first one on M-GO and started watching it. First, it's amazing at how all the actors look so young. Second, this is a horrible movie that doesn't stand the test of time. Maybe in 1999 when it came out it was a good movie. But today, after countless other movies just like it, that are much better(looking at you Tyler Perry), this is a waste of time. I was bored, fell asleep and forced myself to finish it(it wasn't easy). I like the entire cast. Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, are all great. But in this they are all still very green and hadn't hit their stride yet. Now I know, that's not fair because it's 15 years later, but it's true. Maybe if I had watched this when it came out I would remember it as a classic that launched careers. But watching it now, it's just another bad comedy dominated by an African American cast. Everything about it is generic and unfunny. Emily fell asleep and I laughed maybe one time. Again, if you're a long time fan, cool! But if you're not, then this is a bad movie to revisit. I took back my copy of "Holiday" without watching it, but do plan to eventually. I'm sure it's better, because I doubt it could be more worse.
March 20, 2014
Everett Johnson

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A favorite.
April 12, 2007
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