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The Best Man
Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs), a writer and the best man at the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun), is nervous-and with good reason. His steamy new novel hits bookstores soon,...  View more >

Starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut...  View more >

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Jan 25, 2000
When I saw the previews of, "The Best Man", I knew I just had to see it. The movie opened on October 22. A group of females from the college I attend, including myself decided to go see the movie that following Tuesday (Oct. 26).

It was a rather small theater, but none of us complained, because admission was only $3.75. I was especially pleased with the low admission fee, because in my hometown admission to the movies is $8.00. Everyone got popcorn, candy, and drinks. We then all went into the theater and took our seats.

When we took our seats, there were some previews of upcoming movies on. Unfortunately, no one could hear anything because the sound was not working. One girl volunteered to go talk to the manager, so that they could fix the problem. In about five minutes she came back in the theater and let us know that everything would be taken care of. The sound finally came on and we all watched the rest of the previews.

The lights dimmed, and it was time for the feature presentation. The movie starts out by of course showing the name of the movie, the cast, and the writer/director. While showing all of this, a kind of up-beat song is playing. I guess this helps catch the audience's attention.

The movie is about a group of old college friends, that are about to reunite at two of the friends wedding. The cast is Harper (Taye Diggs) also the best man, Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harrold Perrineau), Quentin (Terrance Howard), Lance and Mia (Morris Chestnut and Monica Calhoun) which are the two that are going to get married. As the wedding day gets closer, things start to become chaotic.

The upcoming release of Harper's (Diggs) first novel turns away some of the attention off the wedding. This novel uses different names to portray things that he and his friends actually did years ago back in college. The book wasn't supposed to be released until after Mia and Lance's (Calhoun and Chestnut) wedding day, but Jordan (Long) somehow recieved a copy of the book and allowed their whole group of friends to read it.

I know you are probably thiinking, "What is wrong with some of his good friends reading his novel?" Well, the answer is the novel airs several of the groups old dirty laundry. There is a lot of tension in the group and the action unfolds itself when certain people find out that others have known things for years but had chosen not to tell for good reasons.

The entire cast of the movie was African-American. This movie has situations throughout it that not only African-Americans can relate to, but anyone can. the movie has several universal themes.

By the end of the movie some people were laughing, and some were crying. While walking out of the theater everyone was talking about how good they thought the movie was. I personally think that the writer/director, Malcolm D. Lee did an outstanding job on, "The Best Man." The movie was full of drama, and at the sane time it was funny. I myself has seen this movie twice already, and I would recommend this movie for anyone to see.

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