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Rated R · 122 min. · 2013


The whole gang returns for the sequel to the 1999 sleeper hit, including Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut and Terrence Howard, who makes you remember how hilarious and wonderfully unpredictable he can be when given the right role. Malcolm D. Lee, the writer/director of the original, seems to have made this film not only to give these performers roles worthy of their talents, but also to remind himself he can do some proud, respectable work. Both Lee and the cast perform as though they may never have an opportunity like this again. A Lord of the Rings-style series of endings is overcompensating, and Lee brings up issues of faith that make you wonder if he's trying to be a better version of Tyler Perry. All of which is forgivable because Lee properly gives everyone in the cast both comic and dramatic moments to shine. The Best Man Holiday is a dignified, all-encompassing reminder that black people can turn out decent cinematic entertainment for the holiday season—if Hollywood just gives them the chance.

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Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Malcolm D. Lee
Producer: Sean Daniel and Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa

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