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The Best Man Holiday

Drama . Comedy

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

Actors: John Michael Higgins , Melissa De Sousa , Monica Calhoun , Nia Long , Regina Hall , Taye Diggs , Sanaa Lathan , Morris Chestnut , Harold Perrineau , Terrence Howard
Directors: Malcolm D. Lee
Country: USA
Release: 2013-11-15
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  • Odie Henderson

    The Best Man Holiday has the potential to become a staple of Christmastime movie watching in the 'hood. Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    One reason the movie works so well: Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee returns from the original, so the characters feel true to the first film. Secondly, most of the cast is back, and they have the kind of comfortable chemistry you can’t fake. It’s easy to believe these people have a history together.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Lee seems less interested in capturing how people of color talk than in capturing how people talk. He coaxes us to step in and listen, and the very casualness of his invitation is the key to the joyousness of The Best Man Holiday, flaws be damned.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    High spirits mark the first half of the film; quite simply, these guys are just fun to be around – most especially Howard, all half-lidded, cat-who-got-the-cream coolness.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    A full plate of tear-jerking drama is served here. And it’s even tastier than the first time around.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    There’s something pretty special about this cast, all of whom turn in excellent performances while alternating between light comedy and some seriously heavy dramatic lifting.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A far more Tyler Perry-ish mixture of comedy and tragedy than the easygoing "Best Man" was, back in the pre-Perry movie era.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The Best Man Holiday is an inelegant movie, but its cast is so damn likable that we’re still willing to follow them — even when they’re not going anywhere.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    The Best Man Holiday goes whole hog on the holiday cheese, and there’s something admirable about an adult feature that doesn’t balk at real feelings, especially around the holidays (sex montages notwithstanding). Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    While The Best Man Holiday doesn’t have anything especially original to say on the subject, it’s still refreshing to see a reunion movie set aside the usual themes of aging and reconciliation to focus on how a group deals with death.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Best Man Holiday is an eggnog that's sticky-sweet and heavy at the same time.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    After starting out as a character-based ensemble piece, The Best Man Holiday turns into a predictable affair determined to hit as many familiar beats as possible while striving to wring tears and cheers in equal quantities from its audience.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    You don’t go to The Best Man Holiday to deconstruct its flaws. You go for its myriad, adamantly un-cerebral pleasures.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    All in all, maybe the best 90 minutes of romantic comedy in theaters this fall. Unfortunately, the film is 122 minutes long.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    An amusing, well-acted and sharply-timed holiday comedy, old friends getting together to prove that careers, families and kids aside, they’ve still got their R-rated edge, just as they did in college.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    Mr. Lee’s film is more traditional than its sexually frank humor might indicate, with faith and charity ultimately given pride of place (right alongside human pettiness). But even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it’s hard to hate.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    A joyous, raucous, righteous film but also a frustrating and disappointing one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The movie ends with a setup for another sequel, which will undoubtedly be embraced by fans. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait another 14 years to see it.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Best Man Holiday alternates smoothly between raucous comedy and soap opera for a solid hour... Yet the balance begins to tip toward leaden melodrama in the crazily overloaded third act, which speeds past the line separating crowd-pleasing from crowd-pandering.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    All of the cast members deliver smooth, capable performances, but this sequel clarifies why Howard has become the biggest star from the original ensemble. (He also gave one of the strongest performances in Lee Daniels’ The Butler this past summer.)

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Katey Rich

    The Best Man Holiday takes advantage of the actors' pre-existing chemistry to add zing to standard tropes of midlife crisis and melodrama.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    The script’s sporadic silliness makes every plot turn questionable; how the talent deftly negotiates such goofiness makes the film near-impossible to resist.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It might be overlong, overstuffed, and occasionally operatic, but that doesn't mean that it can wring the tears out of you.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    Traditionally, Christmas movies are about the power of the holiday spirit to conquer all in the name of seasonal detente, and The Best Man Holiday, although sprinkled with bad behaviour and salty bon mots, is traditional right to the twinkly-tipped top of the tree.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A likable cast and interior-­décor porn worthy of Martha Stewart Living are the highlights of The Best Man Holiday, but the mix of raunchy sex comedy and Christian faith doesn’t quite come off.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Only a few charming tidbits are nestled snugly in this over-stuffed Christmas stocking.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's not all bad. It's just part bad: It suffers from cliches and corniness, from the same kinds of scenes played over and over, and from more false endings than the last "Lord of the Rings" movie.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    The cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    To be fair, in its best moments, The Best Man Holiday is more enjoyable than even a well-wrapped steam iron, functioning as it does as passable light entertainment -- but only just.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The sexism isn't quite as noxious as one might find in Tyler Perry's films, but that's as far as the compliments go when it comes to this overextended and deeply crude sermon.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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