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Movie Review: The Best Man Holiday

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Netflix Release Date:March 10, 2014
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrance Howard
Run time:120min
Rated: PG-13
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So I was coaxed in to watching the first movie in this series by a chick friend of mine and disliked the film thoroughly. It was filled with unnecessary drama, overacting and underwhelming writing. This time the same formula that made the first so utterly un-unforgettable is making a repeat performance in the sequel The Best Man Holiday. It’s all the ridiculous situations of the first film with a Christmas twist.

So, the story starts 15 years after the last movie and the friends haven’t seen much or any of each other in that span of time. They’ve all had a measure of success in those years and have fairly happy lives at least on the surface. Harper, having great success as a writer has come into a financial crisis. His latest book didn’t sell and he can’t get anyone to bite on publishing his new book. His friend Jordan from college tells him to do a biography on his former friend and pro football star Lance. Knowing that Lance would have no part of that he accepts an invitation to join them and their old friends for the holidays from Lance’s wife, Mia, an old flame of his and cornerstone of the ex-buddies’ issues. His motives are to get close to Lance again and use that to do research for his book. Lies, secrets and videotapes help bring the worst out of everyone.

Now, as I mentioned before the acting was not very good even though there are a few actors that can hold their own on screen. The wiring was good for a few moments but not many as most characters found themselves in foolish situations that most normal humans would put themselves in. The feel of the movie felt like a big budget BET made for TV movie. Terrance Howard’s comedic tension breaking moments were highlights of the film but also some were low points as well. Some of the heavy handed Christmas / religious push was grating as it came off as an afterthought so that it fit the holiday season it’s being released in.

Asking the audience to dumb itself down for logic deficient situations is an insult. It did look like the cast had fun making the film and the large amount I money they were paid to make this turd. I’m giving The Best Man Holiday a 1.5 out of 5 and that’s a gift this film should be glad it’s receiving from this reviewer.

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