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Writer (WGA):
Malcolm D. Lee (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1999 (USA) See more »
Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Taye Diggs ... Harper Stewart

Nia Long ... Jordan Armstrong

Morris Chestnut ... Lance Sullivan

Harold Perrineau ... Julian Murch

Terrence Howard ... Quentin

Sanaa Lathan ... Robin

Monica Calhoun ... Mia Morgan

Melissa De Sousa ... Shelby

Victoria Dillard ... Anita

Regina Hall ... Candy

Jim Moody ... Uncle Skeeter

Jarrod Bunch ... Wayne

Stu 'Large' Riley ... Fandango

Liris Crosse ... Stripper
Lady Madonna ... Stripper

Linda Powell ... Wedding Coordinator

Willie C. Carpenter ... Pastor (as Willie Carpenter)

Malcolm D. Lee ... Emcee

Dede McGuire ... Herself
Renton Kirk ... Groomsman
Patrick Malcolm ... Groomsman
Nikki Tillman ... Bridesmaid
Lena Moore ... Bridesmaid
Rebecca Brody ... Bridesmaid
Gena Lue Song ... Bridesmaid
Linda Murrell ... Lance's Mother
William K. Gaskins ... Lance's Father (as Willie Gaskins)
Emilie Gaskins ... Mia's Mother
Don Clark Williams ... Mia's Father
Charltina 'Chasha' Banks ... Flower Girl

Aleisha Allen ... Flower Girl
Vance Allen ... Broom Bearer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angela Ali ... BET Employee (uncredited)
Brian Canberg ... Reception Server (uncredited)

Jeff Marchelletta ... Fraternity Brother (uncredited)

MJ Ryers ... Hot Girl at Bar (uncredited)

Kathryn Smith-McGlynn ... College Newspaper Staff (uncredited)
Rennel Turner ... Wedding guest (uncredited)

Brian White ... Bachelor Party and Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm D. Lee 
Writing credits
Malcolm D. Lee (written by)

Produced by
Bill Carraro .... producer
Sam Kitt .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Frank Prinzi 
Film Editing by
Cara Silverman 
Casting by
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
Art Direction by
Wing Lee 
Set Decoration by
Christina K. Tonkin 
Paul Weathered 
Costume Design by
Danielle Hollowell 
Makeup Department
Mary Aaron .... makeup artist
Gloria Grant .... assistant makeup artist
Quentin Harris .... key hair stylist
Ellin La Var .... key hair stylist
Toy Van Lierop .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Debra D. Jeffreys .... unit production manager (as Debra Jeffreys)
Pamela Reis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... first assistant director
Laurie Jackson .... assistant director
Dale M. Nielsen .... second assistant director
Michael A. Pinckney .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter J. Babington .... shop production assistant
Julia Barraclough .... charge scenic
Thomas Costabile .... construction coordinator (as Tom Costabile)
Natalie N. Dorset .... set dresser
Gerard V. Engrassia .... set dresser (as Gerard Engrassia)
Kathy Fundis .... on-set dresser
Steven Gamiello .... assistant property master (as Steve Gamiello)
Michael Greenblatt .... art department production assistant
E.J. Grover .... stand-by scenic (as Jane Grover)
Michael Herlihy .... carpenter (as Mike Herlihy)
Michael Herlihy .... construction foreman
Teddy Janicki .... scenic
Heather Danielle Kane .... assistant property master
Michael Leather .... leadman
Mark Mann .... carpenter foreman
Jeff Mazzola .... property master
Bruce McNally .... scenic
John Nyomarkay .... painter
Ed Parra .... art department intern
Shelley Rich .... art department coordinator
Rob Schmitt .... key construction grip (as Robert W. Schmitt)
Joe Taglairino .... set dresser (as Joe Tagliariano)
Bryan Tonkin .... construction grip (as Bryan J. Tonkin)
Joe Vilchock Jr. .... set dresser
Frank White III .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
John H. Bolz .... boom operator (as John Bolz)
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Kate Eales .... assistant sound editor
Heather Gross .... sound intern
Matthew Haasch .... foley engineer (as Matt Haasch)
Sean Huff .... assistant sound editor
Lisa J. Levine .... adr supervisor
Douglas Martines .... cable person (as Doug Martines)
Tim O'Shea .... foley supervisor
Bill Orrico .... apprentice sound editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialog editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialog editor
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
David S. Lomax .... stunt coordinator
Derrick Simmons .... stunt double: Taye Diggs
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Boynton .... lighting technician
Rod Calarco .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Fred Cohen .... rigging gaffer
James Domorski .... 24 frame video operator
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... electrician (as Jeff Eplett)
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator
Shaun Gilbert .... electrician
Jonathan Herron .... camera operator (as Jon Herron)
Jerry Holway .... Steadicam operator
Stan Keitt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Lee .... still photographer
Dave Levine .... electrician (as David Levine)
Keith Matthis .... camera loader
John Mazzola .... dolly grip
Ron Mazzola .... best boy grip
Ron Mazzola .... rigging grip
Richard Porta .... generator operator
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera
Carl Prinzi .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gay E. Riedel .... electrician (as Gay Riedel)
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
Steve Rooney .... grip
Kelly Rutkowski .... electrician
Douglas W. Shannon .... additional gaffer (as Doug Shannon)
Charles Sherron .... key grip
Chad Strohmayer .... electrician
Arthur Szefer .... second assistant camera
David S. Tuttman .... camera operator
Robert Vuolo .... best boy electric (as Rob Vuolo)
David Wasserman .... grip (as Dave Wasserman)
Franz Yeich .... grip
Casting Department
Jeff Block .... casting: New York
Jennifer Edwards .... extras casting associate
Cherisse Gardner .... extras casting associate
Yolanda D. Hunt .... casting associate
Sondra James .... voice casting
Joanna Rodriguez .... extras casting associate
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
Theron Smith .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jordanna Fineberg .... wardrobe supervisor
Frank L. Fleming .... assistant costume designer (as Frank Fleming)
Careen Fowles .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Monica Barraza .... post-production coordinator (as Monica D. Barraza)
Julie Carr .... first assistant editor
Gershon Hinkson .... first assistant editor
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Chris Patterson .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... orchestra recordist
Lisa Brown .... music supervisor
Stanley Clarke .... musician: bass
Bonnie Greenberg .... music supervisor
Ira Hearshen .... orchestrator (as Ira Hershem)
Richie Kotzen .... musician: guitar
Cliff Lee .... musician: trumpet
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor
Lenny White .... musician: drums
Rachel Z. .... musician: piano
Transportation Department
Richard B. Brinkman .... driver
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain (as Michael Easter)
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation captain
Other crew
Alan Aguilar .... chef
Alexis Arnold .... production coordinator
Monica Barraza .... assistant: Bill Carraro (as Monica D. Barraza)
Gail Barringer .... production accountant
Nicholas R. Bell .... accounting clerk
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Shari L. Carpenter .... script supervisor (as Shari Carpenter)
Koksong Chia .... location assistant
Robyn J. Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Ken Halsband .... location manager (as Kenneth L. Halsband)
Desmond Harvey .... craft service
André Hereford .... development executive: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks (as Andre Hereford)
Mark C. Hutchinson .... key set production assistant
Anderson Jenkins .... stand-in
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis A. Katz M.D.)
Michael C. Kingsley .... office production intern (as Michael Kingsley)
Joseph Lombardi .... assistant accountant (as Joe Lombardi)
Gine Lui .... location supervisor
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor
Ross Martin .... development executive: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Jonathan Rattner .... office production intern
Michelle Robinson .... choreographer
Tom Ross .... assistant location manager
Hope Shaw .... post-production accountant
Sonia Singleton .... office production assistant (as Sun Singleton)
Rob Walsh .... assistant accountant
Alexander Wei .... production secretary (as Alex Wei)
Wing Yeong .... location assistant (as Wing T. Yeong)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... creative assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Castaldi .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and sexuality
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36703)

Did You Know?

Continuity: Shelby's arms when she's arguing with Julian in the church after the wedding rehearsal.See more »
Jordan Armstrong:[to Harper] I want to make love to you tonight. I feel our opportunity has presented itself again, and... I don't want to miss out on it twice.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
the best man's wedding flick !, 6 September 2005
Author: j_graves68 from Orange County, CA

I saw this five years ago on DVD and grabbed it the other day in the video store wanting an oldie/goodie. So tired of watching homogenized films about stealing the groom from the bride; cheating on the bride-to-be while on a road-trip in wine country; the sad/depressed bridesmaid/maid-of-honor tragically gets dumped by her escort; blah-blah-blah. What this film offers us instead is something in the eyes of four Af-Am buddies who get together before one of them ties the knot. And there are no race cards pulled. The film does not zero on one of the characters and their drug/alcohol problem, or gang-related problemos, or any stereotypical stuff like that. No- what Malcolm Lee did instead was deliver us with an ensemble cast who just happen to be black, mix in a smooth R & B soundtrack with it and a give us a fun premise.

It's simple: Harper (Diggs) is on the brink of publishing his first novel with characters loosely based on his friends from college. He flies to New York to get together with his buddies before attending his friend's wedding. During that time, he encounters an old flame that got away; the changes in ideology and values with others. But on the night of the bachelor party, Lance (Chestnut) gets his paws on a copy and reads it, puzzling together the composites while blaming Diggs for cheating with his fiancée.

Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Dashon Howard, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, and the rest of all the cast get the fattest props because without their acting, this would've been a train wreck. What makes these characters so unique and human is that they're not stereotypical caricature's and each of them all evolve their own style. Taye Diggs is the quiet pragmatist of them all, yet he's no dork. Morris Chestnut is Lance the football "player"/groom-to-be. Harold Perrineau is the hopelessly, pathetically whipped brother-man with heart and Terrence Dashon Howard (from this year's "Crash")steals every scene he's in as the cynical but cool cat musician buddy. Nia Long is the former flame of Taye Diggs with Sanaa Lathan as his girlfriend.

Yeah, the story is a little predictable. Yeah, it's a little lewd and sexist (the scene at the poker table, but I love those lines: "Bite it!", "Grow it!"). The very ending is something we've seen before, yet it's funny anyway. Only problem was that this film was probably labeled as a "black film" at the time and that was probably why it received such poor box office (a'la "Waiting to Exhale", "Boomerang"). Perhaps Hollywood wasn't ready to see that and preferred a movie about a suburban, white, dysfunctional family instead. Oh, and gave it Best Picture, too.

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