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Plot: When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. Runtime: 123 mins Release Date: 14 Nov 2013
I am a heavy moviegoer and have NEEEEVER wrote in the message section about a movie before. This movie was well written n delivered excellence in every way. Acting performances were outstanding to a perfect 20 out of 10. Felt real as if a camera was just following them the entire time. Everyone involved in the making of this movie has raised d bar so high low minded individuals will low ball this merely because they share opaque mindsets N don't understand!!!!! Too many times black movies get low rating because I simply believe the folks who are rating them do not understand the lifestyle <more>
of beomg an African American. Therefore if its not stereo typical, then it s don't make sense.
To sum it up the movie didn't get any support financially according to the news sources and cast and the cast, directors, and writers produced a great movie. It was refreshing to me to see black people portrayed as successful professionals.I loved the story and being able to follow the characters.t connected with people on so many levels not just the African American audience. People black or white will always go out and support great quality movies. I hear a lot of people bringing up color in discussions about this movie. The truth is I did go to see the movie because it was an all <more>
black cast. I also went because I knew the actors involved were serious about their craft. At the end of the day the only color that matters is green, and they deserve the green for a job well done. I can't wait until the DVD comes out! To everyone that made this film happen: thank you for fighting for quality movie despite the obstacles and lack of funds compared to other movies that came out ....
Best Ever!! My new favorite of all time! (by tamashere)
Wow, how is it that a sequel can be better than the first?! Fabulous director, cast and storyline is the answer. Amazing! This is the absolute best movie I have seen in an extremely long time. I laughed, cried, was totally blown away and really needed this. The cast feels like family and that made all the difference in the world. Granted it was devastating with Mia's passing, but so great to see they kept faith and God throughout the storyline. I so appreciate that there was no fear in showing how we can have faith in God despite the circumstances. His understanding will always be so much <more>
greater than our own but we must never stop trusting Him. Malcolm D. Lee, you are brilliant! Can't wait to see what you come up with next and DEFINITELY can't wait for another Best Man movie! What, Quentin's getting married?! Set it up for the next one! See you in the theater and at the checkout counter! I have to have them all in my movie collection!
The Best Man Holiday delivers a dramedy which reminds you why the 90s/ early 00s were a renaissance for Black films. (by Amari-Sali)
I have probably watched the first movie, The Best Man, at least 5 to 6 times since it came out. It was funny, presented new angles for Black actors, and though Christianity, as with most Black films, was in there, it wasn't overdone. As for the sequel, it is rare to get a whole cast to return when more than a decade has passed, and truly I think, when it comes to original movies and not ones based off someone who was alive, this is the best film featuring a Black majority cast in a while.Characters & StoryIn the film, everyone comes back and really the only new editions are the kids <more>
of the characters and the obligatory White co-star. For those who haven't seen the first film though, the majority of the casts are all doing White-Collar work. Harper played by Taye Diggs is an author, and former teacher at NYU; his wife Robyn played by Sanaa Lathan is a Chef; his best friend Lance played by Morris Chestnut is a football player who is soon to retire; his wife Mia played by Monica Calhoun is a housewife; then there is Jordan played by Nia Long who works for MSNBC in a executive producer role; her new boyfriend Brian played by Eddie Cibrian who seemingly works on Wall Street; then there is Julian played by Harold Perrineau who seems to be a innovator in education, and runs his own school with the assistance of his wife Candace played by Regina Hall ; the last two to mention are Shelby played by Melissa De Sousa who is a reality TV star, and Quentin played by Terrence Howard who owns a managing firm.Altogether, they all have the type of lives and careers which make them sound like Cosby Show kids, but they also have quite a bit of drama as well. Most of which is featured in the first movie so I won't go into all that. However, for this movie the idea is coming back together and trying to mend bonds which have weakened due to lack of time, effort and because of bad blood.PraiseProbably the top thing about this movie is the comedy. This is a tad bit of social comedy in the film, but a large amount of laughs come from them cracking jokes on each other. Some of it is just jabs at one another, like the joke about Harper having a low sperm count, but other times the jokes were vicious like the fight Candace and Shelby have. At the same time though, I must also praise the non-comedic performances. Mind you, those who have seen the original, there is a lot of already existing drama since so many people dated each other, had sex with each other, or liked each other, in the group. Due to this, the chemistry between character and their history causes friction. But, naturally there is one thing which brings them together and bond like a family. Unfortunately though, said situation will bring the tears which makes me glad for Shelby and Quentin for comic relief. For, when I say a situation will bring you to tears, I mean that for at least 15 minutes I was dripping tears, sometimes it getting intense to the point I was lightly shaking and the roof of my mouth was hurting. So needless to say, bring your tissues for the writing and performances will test your sense of empathy. CriticismWhich leads the few issues with the film. The main issue is that I do feel Harper and Lance's relationship is less natural, in terms of writing and situations, than the rest of the stories. The thing which causes conflict between the two, after they reconcile, specifically is what I felt was sort of forced and was eye-roll inducing. Still, it helped push the story along. The only other issue, and this is really nitpicking, is that Lance brings an almost Tyler Perry style faith in Christianity which only bothered me since I am growing tired of Black characters solely being Christian and not spreading their wings to other faiths, or being agnostic/ atheist.Overall: Worth SeeingUsually I count how often I laugh when I see a comedy film, but I enjoyed myself so much I forgot to. Truly, this film reminds me why I watch the original, Love Jones, Jason's Lyric, and other romantic dramedys that came out in the 90s/00s. They remind you, as a movie enthusiast, that there is more out there for Black actors than them doing slave roles, doing buffoon comedy pictures, or doing films based off people's lives. And this isn't to say that there aren't dramatic roles done which are fiction or original, but when do they get the type of push The Best Man Holiday is getting? This is why I think it is worth seeing. Not just because it is a good film featuring Black people, or because it is a sequel to a classic, but because it is a good film period. One that does enough to acknowledge these are African-Americans we are seeing, but in a Cosby Show way so that it isn't trying to alienate a general audience, and speak to more than simply the skin color, and backgrounds, of the cast. Truly, I hope this film inspires another renaissance, for we are badly in need of one.
The Best Man Holiday...A Delicious Yet Emotional Ride about Life! (by alanadsewell)
The Best Man, 1999 smash hit, was a great movie from the beginning to the end. I was intrigued and drawn by the beautiful chocolate cast then as much as I am now. The new addition of Mr. Cibrian, and all the others were a nice addition to the all-talented cast.The Best Man Holiday was not a long wait considering the first one was not set up for a sequel, unlike this time around. In fact, The Best Man was perfect just how it ended. However, we as adults know that you can't grow roses without thorns. I am thankful that Mr. Malcolm D. Lee decided to invite us once again into his friends' <more>
complex lives, as they journey towards the end of their destiny.The amazing cast this time around gather together for the Christmas Holiday, a seemingly befitting backdrop surrounded by laughter, surprise, dismay, and despair.Yes, even the seemingly perfect couple Lance and Mia Sullivan has an unexpected twist in their marriage. I believe Morris Chestnut Lance Sullivan said in The Best Man, "there is a time and place for everything, real world, real things." Well, get ready to enjoy a roller coaster ride of a steady, well balanced mix of emotions, as the cast takes you on a discovery from the beginning to the end of how Life Happens to us all.It is definitely a delicious ride of religion, love, friendship, forgiveness, and letting go! Welcome to The Best Man Holiday, a film of relativity and real life issues! Thanks Malcolm for the laughter and tears.
If you haven't seen or don't remember 'The Best Man', I would watch it first and then watch 'The Best Man Holiday'. 'The Best Man Holiday' takes us 13 years later into the lives of the characters from the original movie. Make it a double feature popcorn night. Do you have to? Of course not. 'The Best Man Holiday' stands up just fine on its' own two feet. Heck, it soars. This movie is listed as a comedy/drama and that is just putting it mildly. You just may find yourself laughing through crying tears or crying through laughing tears. This movie does <more>
what any good novel or movie should do. It takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotion. The script is well written and all of the actors do an absolutely fabulous job of making you forget that they are acting. You begin to forget that you are sitting on your couch as they pull you into the story and they don't let you off until the end credits begin to run. And, even then, it will still take a little time to recover from the two hour ride. Of course, all of the above is true only if you do have emotions or feelings. If not, just turn on a ball game or look into a mirror. One of those should hold your interest:
Surprisingly funny and heartwarming. (by judywalker2)
I am African American but I don't usually go to the typical Black movies because I find them too heavily silly, religious and manipulative so I was surprised as how funny and heartwarming Best Man's Holiday was. I really loved seeing all of these beautiful Black men and women getting together and celebrating their ups and downs. Terrance Howard was great, I never thought he could be so funny. It was great seeing Nina Long and Sanaa Latham who are great actresses and don't get enough screen time Hollywood just don't tap its Black talent like it should . Morris Chestnut was <more>
also great and Taye Diggs that's not to say that Howard Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa weren't good because they were . Yes this movie is predictable and in some places overly preachy but you'll have a fun time and that's what movies are for.
I'm Sure You Heard the Phrase, "Grown Folk's Business" (by day_dae)
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. The movie will have you unexpectedly grabbing for popcorn salt covered napkins to use on tear ducts, then laughing so hard followed with, "what if -, thank you, goodness smirk ,you have got to be kidding me and oh YES I <more>
know that's right ," moments. And then more need of those crumpled salt and oil napkins you discarded in the empty popcorn bowl.So warning! Save your eyes, bring tissue and make sure the cell phone is charged. You'll be calling family and friends after seeing this movie. You may end up seeing them sooner than you thought possible or vowed ever to do again.
Leave the kids at home and enjoy a great night out with your honey or a few of your best gals! This movie has a lot of unnecessary profanity,but it is nonetheless enjoyable, and is sure to go down as one the most well-written, heart- warming, emotionally stimulating urban holiday films.I have to admit, I didn't know what to expect...I just thought that I was going to see a typical "black Christmas movie" that was horribly scripted, all the while using a great cast, and leaving me completely dissatisfied with my holiday experience...but that couldn't be more wrong. The <more>
follow-up of each cast member has a believable and consistent flow. All the actors seem to have a genuine connection with each other that emanates wonderful chemistry in the film. The men in the film look more incredible than they did in the original film, especially Mr. Morris 'sexual chocolate' Chestnut; and Mr. Taye Diggs' smile is more disarming and brighter than ever.The whole movie experience was incredible and I look forward to watching this film over and over again right through the holiday season.