The Best Man Holiday

2013

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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

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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 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

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Critic Reviews for The Best Man Holiday

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (30)

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

Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Nov 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
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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.

Nov 15, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 15, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Detroit News
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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!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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

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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
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. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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