The Best Man Holiday

2013

The Best Man Holiday

Critics 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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  • Jul 25, 2015
    Superbly acting and with a great soundtrack and tons of emotion. This shows how friends still stay together and care for each other, despite having not seen each other for a long time. A superb follow up to The Best Man. Funny, lighthearted at times and well worth watching.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2014
    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 J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2014
    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 O Super Reviewer

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