The Best Man (1999)

The Best Man



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (Language; sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Malcolm D. Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 29, 2000
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as Harper Stewart

as Jordan

as Uncle Skeeter

as Stripper

as Stripper

as Wedding Coordinator

as Himself

as Herself

as Groomsman

as Groomsman

as Bridesmaid

as Bridesmaid

as Bridesmaid

as Bridesmaid

as Lance's Mother

as Lance's Father

as Mia's Mother

as Mia's Father

as Flower Girl

as Broom Bearer
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Critic Reviews for The Best Man

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (25)

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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

Viewers who mistake the didacticism for stylistic weakness miss much of the point of this nicely toned movie.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The glossy ensemble cast is consistently interesting.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This smooth, glossy, enjoyable film showcases an impressive new authorial voice.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The Best Man is phony on every level.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Taye Diggs is Harper Stewart, a struggling actor who flies to New York to be the best man of his college buddy's wedding and just completed a novel called "Unfinished Business." The book contains characters loosely based on his friends from college and mentions that at one point he slept with the bride to be. Can he stop people recognizing the thinly veiled truth as he prepares to be the best man at his best friend's funeral or will past betrayals finally be brought to the surface at the most unfortunate of times? This is a story of love, lust, imperfection and redemption and "becoming the best man that you can be."

Deb S

Super Reviewer


A favorite.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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