Reviewed by: Hillari Hunter
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Jr. | Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Producers: Spike Lee, Sam Kitt, Bill Carraro. Writer: Malcolm D. Lee | Distributor: Universal Pictures
“The flower arrangements have been ordered. The sleeping arrangements are still being worked out.”
Sequel to this movie: “The Best Man Holiday” (2013)
Another predictable ensemble comedy-drama revolving around a major life event. The wedding of Lance and Mya also functions as a reunion of their college buddies, most notably Harper (Taye Diggs), a writer. His soon-to-be-published novel, a thinly disguised account of his friends’ past sexual relationships, has already made the rounds among his former classmates, and they aren’t pleased. Tensions, tempers and long-held secrets threaten to ruin the nuptials.
If you are easily offended, there is a lot here that you will not like. There is plenty of foul language, including sexual references, derogatory terms for women, and the African-American males in the cast referring to each other as “n*ggers”. Lance (Morris Chestnut) uses foul language inside of a church. Sex scenes are brief, but they are somewhat graphic. Scantily clad women strippers appear in a long bachelor party scene. A rough fist fight takes place during the same party. There are also scenes of drinking and drunkenness.
What viewers may find most offensive is Harper’s atheism. He is constantly putting down God and the Christian faith. Lance professes to be a Christian man, but his actions in the present and in flashbacks do not portray a Christian lifestyle. Lance’s faith is also played for laughs at several points in the film.
There are some positive messages about committed relationships, friendship and forgiveness in “The Best Man”, but they are wrapped up in mediocre packaging.
Year of Release—1999