By Elle Castro
The “1-4-0”: #THEBESTMANHOLIDAY is an emotional rollercoaster. Simply said, it’s just what the doctor prescribes to combat the soul. It’s an all around feel-good flick that will have you shifting through a multitude of emotions—bringing laughter one minute and in tears the next.
The Gist: After 14-years, director-screenwriter Malcolm D. Lee, does not disappoint as he reunites the entire original cast ensemble for the sequel to the 1999 blockbuster. It represents the best kick-off to the holiday season– coming together with your closest friends and loved ones to unveil each other’s deepest secrets/insecurities, repair estranged relationships, and comfort one another mixed in with the emotional attachments and witty dialogue that served as the glue for the original film release. When you blend it all together it’s the recipe for a delectable meal at a five star restaurant.
The Highlights: The charisma of the actors and stellar performances delivered. The themes of the film also remained consistent with the preceding release, touching on topics including faith, family, love and friendship. Also, watching the fellas of the cast bust moves during their New Edition karaoke-inspired talent show performance is everything.
The Lowlights: There aren’t any real lowlights. However, Lee’s story line is a bit more predictable towards the latter half of the film. Also, the production cuts between scenes could be a smoother transition. Yet, it all comes together in the end to make it quite enjoyable.
Pay or Nay?: Pay for it. To see the friendship between Diggs and Chestnut rekindle on screen was pleasant. In addition to the witty and sometimes inappropriate dialogue between the characters, and regardless of the fourteen-year gap between films, it was still quite delightful to glimpse back into their lives to see how they’ve grown. Head to the theater and check out this film, it certainly does not disappoint.
Rated: R for language, sexual content and brief nudity
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Screenplay: Malcolm D. Lee
Director(s): Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa, Harold Perrineau, Eddie Cibrian
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Film Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama