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The Best Man (1999)

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Just before best friend's wedding, the life of Chicago writer becomes crazy when the friend guesses that new book's story based on his bride's fervent past.

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Malcolm D. Lee

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Malcolm D. Lee
7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lady Madonna ... Stripper
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Storyline

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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The flower arrangements have been ordered. The sleeping arrangements are still being worked out.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the scene after the bachelor party when Harper (Taye Diggs) was at Jordan's (Nia Long) apartment, Jordan slaps Harper. The slap was unscripted. Nia Long improvised because she felt "something was missing." Taye Diggs's, "Whoo," reaction was real and he was angry at Nia for hitting him so hard. Once he saw it on screen, he liked the scene. See more »

Goofs

When Harper's girlfriend gets out of the bath at the beginning of the movie she is wearing a thong or a bathing suit. See more »

Quotes

Harper Stewart: Hey, is your pops still trying to groom you for the hotel management business?
Quentin: Yeah, for the last 20 years? I'm just not trying to hear all that stuff, you know? Dealing with complaining-a guests, unions, and payrolls, and all that...
Harper Stewart: Yeah, too much like a real job, huh?
Quentin: You know what, nigga? Fuck you. You're my judge, right? That's your job. You judge me.
Harper Stewart: No, I'm just playing, man...
Quentin: No, nigga, you... it's just amazing how you've always analyzed everybody else's shit and then you don't do the same ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Jimmy Kimmel Live!: John Goodman/Regina Hall/NCT 127 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Best Man I Can Be
Written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III), Terry Lewis, Big Jim Wright (as James Wright)
Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc.
Performed by Ginuwine, R.L. (as RL), Tyrese Gibson (as Tyrese), Case
Ginuwine appears courtesy of 550 Music/Epic Records
RL, of Next, appears courtesy of Arista Records
Tyrese appears courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
Case appears courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Just plain enjoyable
18 October 2004 | by CRBrown624See all my reviews

This was the first time in as long as I can remember where the lead characters, though African-American and male, were not tragedies. No drugs, alcohol problems. Each man had a job, neigh a career. It really reminded me of my friends. I know someone that represents each of those characters. Not too long out of college and working our way towards "making it." It really sent the message that African-Americans are able to achieve without a rap video and we certainly don't all sell drugs. It was not a typical "black" movie. It was just a movie about a group of friends, irrespective of the color of their skin. We have brains and know how to use them. This is a more accurate representation of us anyway since what the media shows is a very small percentage. Great job, Spike!


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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,031,660, 24 October 1999

Gross USA:

$34,102,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,573,780
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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