Flash Movie Review: The Best Man Holiday

There are so many instances where people talk through a filter. An employee and a boss each have their own filter they must use when talking to each other. A teacher has a certain filter they need to use when talking to their students, just as a student has a filter they use when talking to their teacher. At least they did in my time, though based on what teachers have told me, students today use a filter with larger holes in it. The type of relationship where I feel there is no need for filters is the one between friends. With my friends and I there is no need to soften or temper our words to each other. I would not want it any other way. Our words travel on a slick smooth road that is void of any exits or potholes; a clear straight highway of thoughts and feelings. Fifteen years have gone by, letting their filters become less porous, as college friends reunite for the Christmas holiday at the home of Mia and Lance, played by Monica Calhoun (The Salon, Diary of a Single Mom-TV) and Morris Chestnut (The Call, Think Like a Man), in this funny movie. They soon discover the happy occasion may not soften the hard feelings and lies that were lying dormant inside of them. I did not know this comedic drama was a sequel at first, not recalling ever seeing the first one from 1999, The Best Man. Though the writers tried their best to make this a stand alone film, I felt I would have gotten more out of this movie if I had seen the first one. A few times I thought I was missing the joke or point being made. Putting that aside, I thought the story was predictable for the most part. With a majority of humor being handled by Terrence Howard (Prisoners, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) as Quentin, I thought the first half of the movie was okay. For the last half of the film, the story shifted where I found myself becoming more invested in the action. Besides the story involving Lance and Mia, I was interested in what was taking place with Robyn and Harper, played by Sanaa Lathan (Something New, The Family That Preys) and Taye Diggs (Equilibrium, Private Practice-TV). One of my pet peeves is a movie trailer that shows a scene that is not in the film and it happened with this movie’s trailers. Also, I felt the trailers showed too much humor with none of the dramatic scenes; this was poor marketing in my opinion. Good communication would have helped better advertise this movie; it would have also helped create stronger bonds between the friends in this film.

 

2 1/3 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 18, 2013, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I hope you get to see the first one! Check out my review to the film! http://memel03.hubpages.com/hub/The-Best-Man-Holiday-A-Box-Office-Hit

  2. aguywithoutboxers

    Having seen this movie before your reading your review, I had a completely different reaction to the film. However, I did see the prequel and my partner and I watched it again (as a refresher) the night prior to going to see this one. Perhaps that’s the reason for the differences in our perspectives. Thank you for reviewing this! Much love and naked hugs!

  3. I must admit I’m not really a movie goer anymore..I think the last time I went to the theater was to bring my teenage son and his friend to see ‘Pirates of the Caribbean”. I’m now content to watch an occasional black and white oldie but goodie on TV. But I admit my pet peeve is when a trailer tries to advertise the movie as funny by showing its one and only funny scene…I don’t fall for that anymore.

    Thanks for dropping by and visiting.

    Blessings,
    Marianne

    • Let me thank you Marianne for coming by to leave your comments. The problem I have with going to the theater these days are the rude crowds. They take away some of the joy in seeing a movie. I do want to point out I do add reviews of films on DVD, to watch in the comfort of one’s home. If you have the chance check out tomorrow’s review of a DVD; it is a special movie. Be well and keep up the great posting.

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