The Best Man (1999)

A Boys-Weekend gone bad, with a tense, sexy, laugh-out-loud script.

Regan Humphrey

In the wake of his forthcoming novel about crazy college days, Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) reunites with his college friends for the wedding of football star Lance (Morris Chestnut) and longtime girlfriend Mia (Monica Calhoun). Unknown to Harper, one of his friends gets an advance copy of his book and shares it with the gang. The rehashing of college memories brings an already packed emotional weekend to a boiling point.


Soundtrack: 40%
Story: 100%
Writing: 100%
Diversity: 50%
Daring: 100%
Racism: COMBATTED — 100%
————— PERVASIVE — 70%
Gender Bias: COMBATTED — 65%
———————— PERVASIVE — 70%
Homophobia: PRESENT — 30%

Malcolm D. Lee’s directorial debut shines as bright as the star-studded cast that bring it to life. The grit of his writing adds an authenticity that makes you feel like you’re at the card table with the boys or electric sliding through the reception.

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