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The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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

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

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 10

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

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Average Rating: 4.3/5
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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

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Feb 11, 2014

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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.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it's hard to hate.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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"The Best Man Holiday" gives holidays a bad name.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The mix of raunchy sex comedy and Christian faith doesn't quite come off.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Though not so warm and fuzzy as some fans may expect, "The Best Man Holiday" is a more than fitting return that improves upon the original in unexpected ways.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The people in "The Best Man Holiday" - not just the actors, but the characters they play - deserved a better script than this.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an odd mix of bawdy comedy and blatant heart-tugging -- you'll be cringeing one moment and sniffing the next.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
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.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

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.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
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.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

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

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
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.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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

November 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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.

November 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

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

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

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

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

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

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
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.

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

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

November 16, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Undeniably entertaining follow up to 1999 trendsetter.

November 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for The Best Man Holiday

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.
December 5, 2013
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Manu Gino

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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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November 14, 2013
DrZeek

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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!
February 12, 2014
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Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

"The Best Man Holiday"..Totally awesome ensemble of actors and actresses back together again 15 years later for this much anticipated sequel. Lots more much needed drama and laughs to make up for the 15 year absence between these well loved characters sharing the common bonds of friendship. Enjoyable must see movie, before, during or after the holidays!!
November 18, 2013
Fascade518

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    1. Quentin Spivey: if a tree loses it leaves can it still be called a tree.
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