The Best Man Holiday

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
The Best Man Holiday

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

It’s 14 years since ‘The Best Man’, and the ensemble of that American comedy have largely realised their ambitions: Lance (Morris Chestnut) is a football star; Jordan (Nia Long) is a TV news producer; Quentin (Terrence Howard) is a marketing consultant who gets paid to tell white people what black people want and screws anyone he can. Harper (Taye Diggs), meanwhile, is still struggling to equal the success of his first novel, and his wife, Robin (Sanaa Lathan), is soon to give birth after a series of miscarriages. Christmas, naturally, brings everybody together.

There’s something strangely subversive to this sequel, as if writer-director Malcolm D Lee is trying to stake an African-American claim on every dumb melodramatic cliché. That thing where friends get together after years apart and long-buried tensions rise to the surface? That’s ours now. The bit where incriminating documents spill out of an upended bag? Don’t care if it doesn’t make sense in the iPad era – we’re using it anyway. Lee manages the cross currents of their many relationships more artfully than in the first film, but the more profound change is how much his actors, and his skills in managing them, have grown. The script’s sporadic silliness makes every plot turn questionable; how the talent deftly negotiates such goofiness makes the film near-impossible to resist.

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday November 29 2013
Duration:
123 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Malcolm D. Lee
Cast:
Morris Chestnut
Taye Diggs
Nia Long
Terrence Howard
Sanaa Lathan
Harold Perrineau
Regina Hall
Melissa De Sousa

Users say (2)

3 out of 5 stars