The Best Man
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In this romantic comedy, a writer finds out the hard way about the consequences of walking a fine line between fiction and real life. Harper (Taye Diggs) is an author whose first novel is soon to be published, just as he's been asked to be Best Man at the wedding of his friends Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun). Harper is suffering a worse case of publication-day jitters than most authors, and with good reason: much of his book has been drawn from real life, and he's afraid that his friends and family will spot the sometimes unflattering literary versions of themselves.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately when it's all said and done, Best Man remains always a groomsman, never a groom: It backs down on its promise to both challenge and entertain, opting instead for the easy laugh--and the pat ending."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"The glossy ensemble cast is consistently interesting."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Lee comes at the topics refreshingly, taking the African-American male, one of the least explored groups in film, and placing him under a microscope, not for judgment, but for observation."
‑ Milton Kent, Baltimore Sun
"A fresh romantic comedy that's somewhat let down by a wayward plot, The Best Man is well worth watching for the outstanding ensemble acting and the intelligent, schmaltz-avoiding handling of love, marriage and friendship."
‑ , Total Film
"In his earnestness Lee forgets that we need engagingly defective objects of mockery for comedy to work and instead falls back on characters who exhibit no demeaning flaws."
‑ Kay Dickinson, Sight and Sound
"Viewers who mistake the didacticism for stylistic weakness miss much of the point of this nicely toned movie."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Warm ensemble performance and sophisticated finesse from Lee."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Entertaining romantic drama ponders commitment, fidelity."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"A festive few hours that often delights."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"When it comes right down to it, The Best Man isn't exciting, it isn't poignant, and the lessons learned in the end aren't particularly worth learning."
‑ Oz,
"So much for the under-powered plot, from tyro writer/director Malcolm D Lee, to which the tiresome unearthing of nice guy Harper's previous dalliances contributes little."
‑ , Time Out
"The Best Man is phony on every level."
‑ Ernest Hardy,
"The wedding weekend entails predictable conflict and resolution, by way of some excellent performances."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"The Best Man is a decent character driven effort and a light night out at the movies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[The] equivalent of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedy, in the worst sense."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Boxoffice Magazine
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