The Best Man Holiday

Rated R 122 minutes 2013

Fourteen years after the original, writer-director Malcolm D. Lee and friends finally get around to making a sequel to the highly successful 1999 film The Best Man. The results are mixed, with a likable cast straining to keep Lee’s script vibrant until it’s all too silly end. Harper (Taye Diggs) is experiencing a lull in his writing career, and looks to get former friend, NFL star Lance (Morris Chestnut), to OK him as the writer of his biography (It’s actually cool to see Chestnut playing a football star; it’s as if his aspiring athlete in Boyz n the Hood never got shot). So Harper, and much of the cast of the original (including Monica Calhoun, Regina Hall, Harold Perrineau and a very funny Terrence Howard) reunite at Lance’s house, where decent comedy and terrible melodrama commences. As a laugher, the film gets some good ones, especially when Howard is on the screen. As a drama, it has a mawkish, Hallmark movie channel feel that derails it. It’s too bad, because some of the players do make this one worth watching at times.

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Official Site: www.best-man.com

Director: Malcolm Lee

Producer: Sean Daniel, Malcolm Lee and Preston Holmes

Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Eddie Cibrian, John Higgins, Linden McCurdy, Richie Lawrence, Riele Downs, Millie Davis, Isis Moore, Allison Augustin and Shai Pierre-Dixon

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