The Best Man Holiday

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The Best Man Holiday
The Best Man Holiday.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMalcolm D. Lee
Produced byMalcolm D. Lee
Sean Daniel
Spike Lee
Written byMalcolm D. Lee
StarringTaye Diggs
Sanaa Lathan
Nia Long
Morris Chestnut
Monica Calhoun
Harold Perrineau
Regina Hall
Terrence Howard
Melissa De Sousa
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyRogier Stoffers
Editing byPaulk Millspaugh
StudioBlackmaled Productions
Sean Daniel Company
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
Relativity Media
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)
Running time123 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$17 million[2]
Box office$71,625,195[2]
 
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The Best Man Holiday
The Best Man Holiday.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMalcolm D. Lee
Produced byMalcolm D. Lee
Sean Daniel
Spike Lee
Written byMalcolm D. Lee
StarringTaye Diggs
Sanaa Lathan
Nia Long
Morris Chestnut
Monica Calhoun
Harold Perrineau
Regina Hall
Terrence Howard
Melissa De Sousa
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyRogier Stoffers
Editing byPaulk Millspaugh
StudioBlackmaled Productions
Sean Daniel Company
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
Relativity Media
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)
Running time123 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$17 million[2]
Box office$71,625,195[2]

The Best Man Holiday is a 2013 American Christmas comedy-drama film directed and written by Malcolm D. Lee, a sequel to the 1999 film, The Best Man.[3] The film, released on November 15, 2013 by Universal Pictures, stars Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall, reprising their roles from the 1999 film along with the supporting cast.[4]

Plot[edit]

Mia Sullivan (Monica Calhoun) has written a letter requesting Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) and his nine-month pregnant wife Robin's (Sanaa Lathan) attendance at her Christmas weekend party. Harper is reluctant to go, as he's still not on the best of terms with Mia's husband and his estranged best friend Lance (Morris Chestnut)—a retiring running back for the New York Giants—after sleeping with Mia in college. Other attendees of the party include Julian and Candace (respectively, Harold Perrineau and Regina Hall)—the former stripper he connected with in the first film—who are now husband and wife running a private school for at-risk kids; however one of their key investors refuses to invest in the school after some of Candace's past shows up on the Internet.

In the meantime, Harper goes to meet with his agent Stan who tells Harper he needs to write a book similar to his first one, Unfinished Business, as his last book was a flop. After Harper reveals to Stan that he's been fired from his teaching job at NYU, Stan pitches the idea of Harper writing an unauthorized biography of Lance. Insisting against the biography idea, Harper then goes to visit Jordan Armstrong (Nia Long) who is now a successful TV executive. While catching up with Harper, Jordan's white boyfriend Brian (Eddie Cibrian) walks in, inspiring Jordan to become the butt of some teasing by Harper. After leaving the office, Harper sets his mind on going to Mia and Lance’s with the ulterior motive of pitching the bio idea to Lance.

Harper and Robin arrive at Mia and Lance's, where Mia gives them a warm response, but Harper sees a bit of a distant reception from Lance. The rest of the guests, including Quentin (Terrence Howard) and now-TV personality Shelby (Melissa De Sousa), arrive at the house and the celebration begins. At dinner, the old friends catch up with each other while tensions ensue between Shelby and Candace.

The next day, Brian says goodbye to Jordan to go meet his family in Vermont. Jordan coldly replies to Brian that while she loves him, she doesn’t need him. Meanwhile, Robin requests Harper to get groceries for the next night's dinner. While Lance is at a team meeting, Harper, Q, and Murch go to the store, where Harper's credit card is declined. Q asks him if he's having any money trouble, but Harper lies and says he isn’t. That night after dinner, the guys perform "Can You Stand the Rain" air band style for the ladies to great response. All of the couples in the house have sex that night, while Q sends photos of his privates to Shelby. Harper goes down to the kitchen, where he and Jordan make some small talk, and Jordan says she knows that Harper is writing a bio on Lance.

As Harper is headed back to bed, he finds Mia throwing up blood. Mia reveals to Harper that she is dying of cancer, and has had the illness for over a year. After Lance walks in on the two talking, Mia explains to Lance that Harper knows; however, they both ask Harper to keep the condition a secret from everyone else. The next morning at breakfast Q and Shelby mix up their phones. Because Q had watched some of Candace's video, Shelby becomes aware of the video and attempts to use this to her advantage to get back with Murch. Candace then confronts Shelby and a catfight breaks out, causing Candace to leave the house with her and Murch's kids. The guys all head to Lance’s football practice where Q and Murch almost come to blows in back of the car. While at the practice Q explains to Murch that the video is part of the territory when marrying a stripper. Back at the house the ladies are preparing for a spa day, when Mia collapses while trying to hang a Christmas ornament. Robin and Jordan send Harper a text telling him to come home, which forces Harper to tell the rest of the friends what's going on. As Lance is leaving practice, his friends all embrace him and they head home.

Back at the house, everyone spends time with Mia. While Harper is wrapping gifts, Lance approaches him and the two have a heart-to-heart. As a result, the two seem to move on from their past tribulations. The next day the gang heads to a shelter where they are volunteering. Q is Santa Claus, while Harper and Lance seem to be as close as they were in the old days. After the volunteer work is done, Lance sees a mock book cover for his own unauthorized bio on Harper's iPad. Lance confronts Harper and tells him to stay away from him and his family. Mia tries to no avail to calm Lance down. Later, Q and Harper are the only ones left at the shelter. The two get to talking when Q asks Harper if he is in any financial trouble. Harper finally breaks down and admits that he is.

Back at Lance and Mia's house, Lance is still heated over the bio when Mia confronts him. In regards to Lance and Harper's long-lasting feud, Mia explains how she's just to blame as much as Harper is. Mia reveals to Lance that she slept with Harper even though she knew how much it would hurt Lance as she was sick of Lance cheating on her. Mia then takes off her wig, showing just how severe her condition really is. Outside of the house, Robin is going through some of Mia’s old baby things when Candace returns with the kids. Candace and Murch make up, as Candace reveals to Murch she only performed "extra services" for a customer once and has regretted it ever since. That night everyone is gathered around the fireplace listening to all the kids sing Christmas carols. Harper and Q return, with Harper making amends with Robin.

The next day is Christmas and Lance's big game. Brian returns to be with Jordan, and the two make up. The ladies all watch the game together as a family in Mia and Lance's bedroom, while all of the guys go to the game. At the game, Lance starts a troublesome first half. Mia calls Harper to speak to Lance, inspiring him to ultimately break the all-time rushing record in a game-winning performance. While Mia's condition worsens, she and Lance cuddle one last night together.

At the funeral, everyone is pretty emotional except for Lance. Shelby gives Julian a check for two million dollars, covering the school expenses he didn't get when the donor pulled out. In return, she asks that they arrange a play date for their children. Inside the church, Harper gives a very heartfelt eulogy and it isn't until at the burial that Lance finally breaks down as Mia's casket is lowered into the ground. Back at the house, everyone seems to have made up as they realize what's really important in life. Outside, Harper and Lance make up and become friends once again – concluding a 14+ year feud. Meanwhile, Brian tells Murch that he knows of some additional investors to help with the funding of the school. Suddenly Robin's water breaks, so Lance, Harper, and Candace all rush to the hospital; however, they get stuck in traffic and have to deliver the baby in the back of Lance's SUV. The baby comes out healthy and is named Mia in honor of their deceased friend.

Ten months later, Harper and Lance are closer than ever and Harper has written Lance's autobiography. It's also apparent that Lance is the baby's godfather as he visits Harper and Robin at their house in New York. Harper gets a phone call from Q, and Lance tells him to put in on speaker. Q reveals to Lance and Harper that he's getting married, but not before telling Harper that he better not have had sex with her.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In October 2011, it was announced that a sequel to the 1999 film The Best Man was in development.[5] On February 22, 2013, it was announced that the film would be titled The Best Man Holiday.[6] In March 2013, Terrence Howard who plays Quentin Spivey in the film revealed details about the film, saying: "I think it's going to be amazing film and I get teary-eyed thinking about it because there's some tragedy in it. That's all I'll say…[Director and screenwriter] Malcolm Lee showed us what intelligent young black people were capable of in the The Best Man I, but The Best Man II, it shows where people go, whether they're doing the right thing or the wrong thing, and how much we need each other within our community."[7] Principal photography and production began in April 2013.[8]

Reception[edit]

The film has received generally positive reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 83 reviews. On Metacritic, the film holds a 59 (out of 100), based on 30 critics.[9] The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday gave it 2.5 stars, saying the "[s]equel is both a romp and a tearjerker... Like a long-lost soap opera emerging from a Rip Van Winkle–length hiatus, 'The Best Man Holiday' has lost none of its often baggy, saggy melodrama; luckily, when things get too soppy, Howard can be depended on for crude one-liners that land with all the more finesse thanks to his smoky, slightly stoned delivery. …And 'The Best Man Holiday' has clearly caught up with the times, with one plot point revolving around social media run amok, off-handedly invoking everyone from Barack Obama (natch) to Melissa Harris-Perry, Olivia Pope and Robin Thicke".[10]

Box office[edit]

The Best Man Holiday debuted with a $10.7 million Friday total, notably beating Thor: The Dark World for the top box office spot of that day.[11] The Best Man Holiday did even better the next day earning $12.4 million on Saturday.[12] It then went on to be the number two film of the weekend, taking in close to $30.6 million.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack includes songs by R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and more.[14]

Track listing
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Christmas Time to Me"  Jordin Sparks2:53
2."Someday at Christmas"  Mario3:02
3."What Christmas Means to Me"  Fantasia2:24
4."I Still Have You"  Charlie Wilson4:07
5."Christmas I'll Be Steppin'"  R. Kelly5:26
6."This Christmas"  Mary J. Blige3:18
7."Shelter"  John Legend2:54
8."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"  Monica2:45
9."Winter Wonderland"  Emeli Sandé2:21
10."Can You Stand the Rain"  New Edition4:54
11."I Want to Come Home for Christmas"  Ne-Yo3:44
12."O Holy Night"  Jayda Brown & Jasmine Watkins2:26
13."As"  Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton5:31

Sequel[edit]

On November 19, 2013, it was revealed that Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Pictures were in talks to make a third film in the series.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (15)". Universal Studios. British Board of Film Classification. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The Best Man Holiday". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Terrence Howard Reveals Details On 'The Best Man Holiday': Notable/Quotable". huffingtonpost.com. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ET First: 'The Best Man Holiday' Set Visit". ETonline.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  5. ^ Essence.com
  6. ^ "'Best Man' Sequel Now Titled 'The Best Man Holiday' | Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  7. ^ Monday (2013-03-11). "Terrence Howard Reveals Plot Secrets in "The Best Man" Sequel - Entertainment News - ABC News Radio". Abcnewsradioonline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  8. ^ Apr 9, 2013 (2013-04-09). "Terrence Howard Starts Filming ‘The Best Man Holiday’ With Taye Diggs & Harold Perrineau (PHOTOS)". Global Grind. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  9. ^ "The Best Man Holiday". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hornaday, Ann (November 13, 2013). "'The Best Man Holiday' movie review: Sequel is both a romp and a shameless tearjerker". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mendelson, Scott (November 16, 2013). "Friday Box Office: 'Best Man Holiday' Steals Thor's Thunder". Forbes. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Box Office: How Did 'The Best Man Holiday' Open So Big?" AOL Moviefone. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
  13. ^ Bowles, Scott (November 17, 2013). "'Best Man Holiday' nearly beats mighty 'Thor'". USA Today. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Stream ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Soundtrack Featuring R. Kelly, Monica, Mario, & Fantasia". Rap-Up. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 18, 2013). "Universal, Malcolm D. Lee In Talks To Make ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Sequel After Monster Opening". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 

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