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The Best Man Holiday (2013)


Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 57
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: The Best Man Holiday manages honest laughs out of broad humor, and affects convincing drama from a deeply conventional plot.

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: The Best Man Holiday manages honest laughs out of broad humor, and affects convincing drama from a deeply conventional plot.


Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 52,130


Movie Info

After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs (television's Private Practice), Nia Long (Soul Food), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends … More

R (for language, sexual content and brief nudity)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Feb 11, 2014
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Best Man Holiday

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (27)

You leave emotionally exhausted, but there's a lot of care in this movie.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Top Critic

The Best Man Holiday is an inelegant movie, but its cast is so damn likable that we're still willing to follow them - even when they're not going anywhere.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A movie that does to your emotions exactly what one player does to another on the big Christmas game day: slams them to the ground and stomps them silly.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it's hard to hate.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

"The Best Man Holiday" gives holidays a bad name.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

The mix of raunchy sex comedy and Christian faith doesn't quite come off.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

It's an odd mix of bawdy comedy and blatant heart-tugging -- you'll be cringeing one moment and sniffing the next.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Daily Record [UK]

The first half is such an agreeably raucous reunion that we hate to see a pesky thing like terminal illness ruin all the fun.

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
Empire Magazine

While the script may be uneven and the film itself overlong, the cast make for winning company, turning a deft hand to material that zigzags between bawdy and mawkish, somehow keeping it on just the right side of sympathetic.

Full Review… | December 1, 2013
Observer [UK]

The Best Man Holiday pigs out on every plot at a slow, bloated Christmas pace. Watch out, movie punters. We're segueing into Part Three.

Full Review… | November 29, 2013
Irish Times

The sweet 'n' sour mood turns purely gloopy in the last act, which involves a certain football game and the intervention of an earth-bound angel.

Full Review… | November 29, 2013
This is London

The dialogue is sometimes wickedly sharp, the performances good, and all we have to do is swallow great dollops of schmaltz ...

Full Review… | November 29, 2013
Daily Mail [UK]

A little cheesy but it's sincere, well performed and good fun.

Full Review… | November 29, 2013
Daily Express

This rom-com-dram take on The Big Chill isn't quite up there with Lee's sparkling debut but it never succumbs to the grim sudsiness waded through in Tyler Perry territory.

Full Review… | November 29, 2013
Sky Movies

Like many awkward, clanger-filled real-life Christmas gatherings, it goes through some alarmingly rocky patches, but comes together in the end.

Full Review… | November 28, 2013
Daily Telegraph

It's a genially soapy time-killer, though Lee's as shameless in invoking cancer as he is about the catfights and smacktalk.

Full Review… | November 28, 2013

There's nothing great about it, but there's a whole lot of good enough.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

I never thought I'd see a faith-based, R-rated movie, but here it is in 'The Best Man Holiday,' a sequel to a movie from 14 years ago. It does have an R rating, but its characters all have a deep, abiding faith.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A surprisingly emotional film, it is "Steel Magnolias" from the male point of view.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

Whatever daily regimen of exfoliating and/or bathing in puppy blood is responsible for this Dorian Gray sh*t, I want in.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Houston Press

The cast is the film's biggest asset as just about everyone brings their A-game.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film School Rejects

Soapy and seasonal - perhaps Seth MacFarlane put it best when he dubbed this 'Love Blacktually.'

Full Review… | November 17, 2013
SSG Syndicate

Here's a film that delivers what the fans have been waiting for. You will laugh, you will cry, but you will be totally pleased by the end result.

Full Review… | November 17, 2013

The Best Man Holiday won't just tug at your heartstrings, so much as yank with a mighty furor.

Full Review… | November 16, 2013

Undeniably entertaining follow up to 1999 trendsetter.

Full Review… | November 16, 2013
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for The Best Man Holiday

So a few months ago I got a copy of this and before I watched it I realized I didn't remember the first movie. So I went back and re-watched and hated it. But me being a big movie whore, still had to go and watch the sequel. What a waste. This movie is boring and a real poor man's Tyler Perry movie. It's not funny at all, and the drama is so melodramatic that I didn't care for anyone in this. Here's a movie that needed Kevin Hart to add some real comedic spice. Instead you get some crap about a bunch of friends spending Christmas together, and one has cancer. Just not a good movie, even Emily was bored to tears with it. If you enjoyed the original, then I'm sure you were all gung ho for this. Good for you, I'm glad someone liked it. But for me, this just wasn't good at all. I'll probably still see a third one(if they make it), but it'll help me sleep more than anything.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Times change. Friendship doesn't.

Good Movie! Best Man's Holiday, is a timely-well written and acted movie. It touches on so many social issues people are going through in the now. It is surprising how emotional involved you will be caught up in scenes. It's a roller coaster of highly amusing moments on second, followed by an altar call of your conscience reflecting on unresolved past issues the next. This story was deeply moving and the transitions and transformations of some of the characters was very endearing. The way the friendships move in and out in natural progression was, dare I say, realistic in nature. Overall, the film is worth the time.

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Mia: I can't tell you how great it is to have all of us under the same roof again.

I feel like I already might be surprising people by saying this film is a sequel. Back in 1999, The Best Man was released in theaters and became something of a sleeper hit. Along with The Wood (also starring Taye Diggs), the all-black romantic-comedy-drama scene was still a solid subset of films around this time, as it pre-dated the era of Tyler Perry and allowed for less gimmicky takes black characters living everyday lives. Now we have a follow up film, which explores what has come of a certain group of characters a decade and a half later. While it is not as exquisitely told a tale, compared to Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, which are films also separated by a lengthy span of time, The Best Man Holiday is still a film that works based on the chemistry of the ensemble cast, regardless if one is familiar with these characters already or not.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


I am not a great fan of American Christmas comedy-dramas, and I really found this film directed and written by Malcolm D. Lee - awkward! It is a sequel to the 1999 film, The Best Man and it stars Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall, reprising their roles from the 1999 film along with the supporting cast. It had enough laughs but it was so clichéd that you could guess in advance what is next, which simply took the joy of watching it, away!

It looked as a HBO production, but it wasn't... the story of Mia Sullivan (Monica Calhoun), wife of Lance Sullivan (Morris Chestnut) , requesting the gangs attendance for Christmas because she has cancer, was just too predictable, as were the characters in the story: Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) and his nine-month pregnant wife Robin (Sanaa Lathan), Julian and Candace (Harold Perrineau and Regina Hall), her best friend Jordan Armstrong (Nia Long) and boyfriend Brian (Eddie Cibrian), Quentin (Terrence Howard), and Shelby (Melissa De Sousa).

Malcolm D. Lee did everything to revive the story from 14 years ago... but it was just too long that anyone could remember! Over 2 hours of watching it made me indifferent about anything happening in the house and around it - it was like watching the old episodes of Dallas or some of those long lost soap operas with different actors. Some of the critics describe it as "both a romp and a tearjerker", and they were right, but none of those descriptions are positive for me.

I cannot say that the screenplay was out of date - it caught up with the times, with one plot point revolving around social media run amok, off-handed, invoking everyone from Barack Obama to Melissa Harris-Perry, Olivia Pope and Robin Thicke... but that was it! Everything else was just something we've seen too many times before to evoke any excitement watching it. If you must - go and watch it!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

The Best Man Holiday Quotes

Quentin Spivey:
if a tree loses it leaves can it still be called a tree.
– Submitted by Patricia B (10 months ago)

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