The Best Man Holiday (2013)
Critic Consensus: The Best Man Holiday manages honest laughs out of broad humor, and affects convincing drama from a deeply conventional plot.
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 finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) will produce alongside Lee for The Sean Daniel Company. (c) Universal Pictures … More
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as Lance Sullivan
as Harper Stewart
as Candace Murch
as Quentin Spivey
as Robin Stewart
as Jordan Armstrong
as Julian Murch
as Mia Sullivan
as Dr. Perkins
as Homeless Woman
as Mia's Mom
as Lance's Dad
as Frat Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Best Man Holiday
You leave emotionally exhausted, but there's a lot of care in this movie.
It's an odd mix of bawdy comedy and blatant heart-tugging -- you'll be cringeing one moment and sniffing the next.
If the original The Best Man was a smooth, R&B jam then The Best Man Holiday is a slick hip-hop beat. It's bigger and flashier. I missed the scrappiness of the original...
The first half is such an agreeably raucous reunion that we hate to see a pesky thing like terminal illness ruin all the fun.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Best Man Holiday
So-so. Didn't love or hate it. The story follows a group of friends meeting up for Christmas and is pretty much just about their relationships.
It is apparently a sequel to a movie I never saw. Perhaps I would have liked this more if I had. I did struggle a little to keep straight who was who not having seen the backstory.
Gets quite sad mid way through, which I did not expect. Also a very unrealistic song and dance routine by the men, all dressed exactly the same. Felt like watching a music video in that part!
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.
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.
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