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The Best Man (1999)

Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance, a pro athlete. He goes to New York early (Robin will come ... See full summary »

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Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance, a pro athlete. He goes to New York early (Robin will come for the wedding) to hang out with Lance and other friends, including Jordan, his former almost-lover, now in media and privy to an advance copy of the book. The men discuss women, never facing their own double standard; Jordan wants to try again with Harper, at least for one night; and Harper fears that Lance will read his book and learn that the bride-to-be slept with him once to avenge Lance's many affairs. Can Harper mature before Lance kills him, Jordan seduces him, and he loses Robin? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,031,660 (USA) (22 October 1999)

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$34,074,895 (USA) (21 January 2000)
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In 2017 Taye Diggs and Nia Long began recurring roles on the Fox TV series Empire, which stars fellow Best Man cast member Terrence Howard. Though Taye Diggs and Nia Long (as of May 10th) have yet to share a scene together, both have storylines involved Terrence Howard's character Lucious Lyon. See more »

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In the final wedding party scene, two songs are prominently heard. "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire" and "Candy" by Cameo. There is no visible sign of a D.J. and the band is performing as if they were the actual artists who recorded those two songs. See more »

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Quentin: Nigga, I am a pimp, so my future looks mighty bright, thank you very much.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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25 October 1999 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

The Best Man is a very entertaining romantic comedy. The ensemble cast clicks and clashes with one another at just the right moments. Taye Diggs's character, Harper, is charming and charismatic, but WHY would he write a book that causes pain to those close to him? Is it to enlighten his friends or to reveal his own frailties? Perhaps, a little of both.

There is a good mix of very funny and also intense emotional moments and the audience is captured; cheering some of the cast and hissing others. It's quite uncanny that transformation occurs for certain characters especially when it's needed. Terrence Howard's character, Quentin, is a prime example. At the beginning of the film Quentin is basically a guy who lacks direction and propriety in his behavior. Over the course of the film, he becomes the voice of wisdom and the glue that holds it together for those closest to him.

Malcolm Lee's directorial debut is quite admirable in this well paced, universally appealing film. Don't miss it.


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