Malcolm D. Lee
So much drama in one movie.
Director Malcolm Lee helmed “The Best Man Holiday,” the sequel to his 1999 film “The Best Man.” The film starts with following the main character Harper (Diggs), an author who is having a case of writer’s block right around the time of the Christmas season. When the festive holiday finally arrives, Harper and his wife are invited for a big Christmas party weekend at the home of his former friend Lance (Chestnut).
The first movie revolved around the drama of Harper and Lance and Lance’s wife Mia (Calhoun) and it picks up again here. On top of that, are the many subplots surrounding the rest of the other friends of Lance and Mia’s who are invited to the party. From there, hi-jinx ensue.
“Holiday” works alright as a comedy, but struggles as a drama, mainly because there is so damn much of it. Most of the time, issues between the couples rise from simple coincidental walk ins and “it’s not what it looks like” type of scenes. The drama continues all the way towards the end, including a tragic moment, however, instead of being a tear-jerker, it just makes the movie feel too long. It isn’t strong drama because the situations could be dealt with by having a conversation since most of it is just misunderstandings.
As for the cast, it’s not necessarily the strongest, however, since this is a sequel, the actors know who they’re playing and feel comfortable in their roles. Some of the moments are a bit over the top, but in most of the standard moments, the characters feel believable.
The best part about this movie, hands down, was Terrence Howard, who plays the single playboy type of character. Not only is Howard the funniest out of the cast, he also serves as the voice of reason, basically saying the words that the characters are thinking.
The comedy itself is simply OK. There are some legitimate laugh out loud moments, yet they don’t happen from start to finish, so the humor isn’t able to really hold up the film. The movie doesn’t really reach the heights in terms of humor that other films that pit couples against each other do, like “It’s a Disaster” or “Carnage.”
Overall, “The Bast Man Holiday” really just has too much drama and even tragedy when it doesn’t exactly need it, there is simply too much. This could have been an alright holiday comedy, however, not only does the drama feel unnecessary but it makes the movie have a longer run time than needed. The cast provides a fair dose of humor, though, which helps.
High 2 out of 5.