The Best Man Holiday
Romance Comedy Sequel
2 hr. 3 min.
Year of Release:
November 15, 2013 (wide—2,024 theaters)
DVD: February 11, 2014
“Times change. Friendship doesn’t.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “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.
Prequel to this movie: “The Best Man” (1999)
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…African-American “Big Chill” has enjoyable moments of raucous humor and way too much schmaltz.…
…How the rich and beautiful celebrate Christmas… although sprinkled with bad behaviour and salty bon mots, is traditional right to the twinkly-tipped top of the tree. …[2/4]
…Busy “Best Man Holiday” improves on original… A full plate of tear-jerking drama is served here. And it’s even tastier than the first time around.…
…Lee plays his audience exceptionally well. …it is marvelous.… [4½5]
…Yes, it’s occasionally maudlin and melodramatic, and it’s entirely too long. But it’s also heartfelt and often downright hilarious, and shows off just how canny Malcolm D. Lee’s casting was all those years ago.…
…Sequel is both a romp and a shameless tearjerker… possesses all the strengths and weaknesses of banal, high-gloss mainstream entertainment: It’s boringly, bracingly, gratifyingly conventional. No shame in that game. [2½]
…Malcolm D. Lee returns to the same well with lesser results in this cluttered, overlong sequel to 1999’s “The Best Man.” …an ace soundtrack full of soulful yuletide tunes.
…Mr. Lee’s film is more traditional than its sexually frank humor might indicate, with faith and charity ultimately given pride of place (right alongside human pettiness). But even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it’s hard to hate.
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