Fourteen years later, The Best Man Holiday remains inspiring. It positively represents its black protagonists as successful individuals as chefs, football players, best-selling author and more.
Considered as a classic, refreshing and unique by African-Americans (as well as by the African-Caribbean audience in the UK), The Best Man (1999) offered its viewers a movie experience void of stereotypes and reflective of not just its director's (Malcolm D. Lee) world but also of the general black population's world. The romantic and comedy movie recounts the story of Harper (Taye Diggs), an author on the verge of releasing his first novel in which he draws on real-life experiences, when once exposed, results in the disruption of his friendship with best friend Lance (Morris Chestnut).
Fourteen years later, The Best Man Holiday (2013) remains inspiring. It positively represents its black protagonists as successful individuals as chefs, football players, best-selling author and more. Reuniting at Mia's (Monica Calhoun) and Lance's house for Christmas, it is not long before the characters come face to face with past rivalries, the possibility of history repeating itself and the re-ignition of passion and romance. Between's Harper pre-meditated plan to convince Lance to let him pen his biography, Robyn's (Sanaa Lathan) disdain for Jordan (Nia Long), Shelby's (Melissa De Souza) and Candy's (Regina Hall) rivalry and Mia's deep secret, one can't help but expect this reunion to be one that's unforgettable. It's anticipating.
Expect nothing but strong performances from the actors as their mature selves, evident in their display of emotions and uncensored, unapologetic statements and actions. The Best Man Holiday's timely Christmas release could well become an adult's must-have and must-watch Christmas movie. It is dramatic, comedic and does a wonderful job at teaching and reinforcing valuable life lessons on love, forgiveness and the power of friendships.
The Best Man Holiday will be showing at selective Cineworld and Odeon Cinemas from November 29th so make sure you check the cinema near, you! Take a friend, a date or your partner!