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The Best Man (1999)

Doug Banks , Jarrod Bunch  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doug Banks, Jarrod Bunch, Monica Calhoun, Willie C. Carpenter, Morris Chestnut
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783240201
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) is a commitment-shy writer and the best man at the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun). Unfortunately for Harper, the timing couldn't be worse. His new book is coming out and it chronicles his college life with his friends in a less that perfect light. The wedding party reunites college buddies Quentin (Terrence Howard), Mirch (Harold Perrineau) and love interest Jordan (Nia Long). As the celebration weekend nears, scandalous secrets begin to reveal themselves...for better or for worse.

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    51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BEST February 6, 2000
    This movie is fast becoming a classic. It was well written, acted and the cast was beautiful. Though the cast was of African American actors, this is movie for all ethnic backrounds.It tells of a group of college friends that reunite for a wedding, but the wedding itself is not the story, its a semi-ficticious book written by one of the friends. Why is the book so paramount? Its actually a true account of events that had occurred between the friends when enrolled in college. The movie also gives an accurate depiction of quality of the up and coming African Americans in the entertainment industry. Everyone did a masterful job! I could not imagine anyone else playing in their roles. The directing was great and the ending was expected but moving. I cried!Terrance Howard should have been nominated for an award for best supportng actor. He made this film as realistic as your reunions with your families and friends. Don't miss this!
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    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Gift. February 15, 2000
    First of all I would like to say that I saw the movie 20 times in theaters.This movie really hit home.Being a 22 year old african american I can really relate to the movie.The cast was a perfect choice. Looking from the Director's point I can understand why he would release such an exquisite story.I totally believe this is the best black film ever made because there was no violence and the characters were mature enough to accept the responsibility of the mistakes they made in the past.What a beautiful wedding.I personally hope one day to meet a partner as sweet and adorable as Lance Sullivan(Morris Chestnut).I truly hope that more movies similar to this background will be released. What I mean is we need more black films that are upscale and sophisticated instead of ghetto and violence.This film is a must to add to your video tower.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Man is one of the Best June 29, 2004
    Of course I am attracted to this movie because of Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, and the beautiful chocolate Morris Chestnut. Yet another attraction is that these characters are professionals, established, and have a storyline. I am happy that this movie was made. For every ghetto movie there needs to be 100 movies like this, to show that African Americans actors can do more than be on drugs, sell drugs, on welfare, and women showing their bodies. I love this movie. It is great.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! September 30, 2000
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    Casting the superfine Morris Chestnut in a leading role guaranteed that many women would see this film, but Terrence Howard nearly steals the movie with his hilarious observations. On the whole, I felt that this was a strong movie about old friends growing up. And while it is true that the female characters are a trifle underdeveloped, this movie was primarily about the 4 male friends. We seem them reminisce, bond, fight and ultimately make peace with each other. The women are only presented as accessories. But what is wrong with the men getting a flick of their own? They sure complained enough after "Waiting to Exhale" was made.
    The Best Man is about old friends, love and secrets, and it is a romantic comedy -- not a drama. There are plenty of chauvanistic bible thumpers whose actions are in direct conflict with the bible they claim to revere. I thought Morris was hilarous especially when he proclaimed Jordan to be "too damned sassy and independent." The men are all prototypes. Lance is the jock, Harper is the writer, Murch is the boho and Quinten is the player. In real life people can't be neatly categorized like that.
    My only grievance is with the film's ending. I don't think that that Harper should have proposed at the wedding, and I definitely don't think that his girlfriend should have accepted. They just got caught up in the moment. Still, I thought that this movie was fabulous and I will watch it again and again.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Shawn James must be bitter, ignore his review June 23, 2005
    I was reading through the reviews for one of my favorite movies and just had to write a response to Shawn James' review.

    I don't know whether or not he was mad at not getting published or just vaguely understands what a movie is suppose to do. I will break down his reviews main points.

    1. How Jordan (Nia Long) gets a copy of his book? I will be the first to tell you I don't know a whole lot about how a book is published but in the movie Harper says he goes to print in 2 weeks so there can only be rough copies available so maybe there are no finished copies to send out to producers. And just like Shawn said, maybe a first time author gets no play from big shot interested reviewers or tv producers. However since he lives in Chicago, just like Oprah, that allowed him his break to get his book on Oprahs Book Club. However the biggest point is this.........that is a mute POINT!!!!!! No one wants to know why the publisher or agent working for Harper (Diggs) only has 1 copy of his book. That has nothing to do with the story. It neither advances or adds to the characters or plot.

    Secondly the idea that the black male characters are not positive is again kinda mute. Positive means that they are not "jive talking, pimps and gang bangers" like other "hood" movies portray us. Oh yeah I am a black male age 31. The fact that Harper is arrogant and selfish, Terrence Howards character is smarmy and sarcastic is what makes them REAL characters. The definition of Positive Black male doesn't mean we will see Luke Skywalker with a tan, it means we will see average, flawed humans that we see and relate to everyday for that particular culture and setting. This setting happens to be professional blacks.
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