Some very good black romance comedies have come out in the last couple of years, including The Wood and The Brothers. Probably the best known out of all of them, though, is The Best Man, starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, and Morris Chestnut.
The movie is about a young man named Harper (Diggs) who is completing the second year of a good relationship and getting a book published later in the month. He goes and meets up with his old friends, one of which is getting married (Chestnut), and many problems occur. Of course, Harper's book is based on his life experiences, so in one way or another the characters in the book are based on people he knows. Unfortunately, he's probably gotten a little too detailed, revealing facts about past relationships that aren't always the best to bring up right before a wedding. And things go from there.
The movie has a great cast, whom many of which have been in those other movies I listed earlier. There is great chemistry all around, and it doesn't hurt that there's a good script to help these fine young stars out.
The Best Man is pretty entertaining, always leaving the audience guessing about one thing or another, and has a good mixture of comedy and drama. I would have to say, though, that The Best Man is not as funny as The Wood or The Brothers, and the characters aren't quite as likeable.
Overall, The Best Man is a good movie, but compared to its direct competition, it is at the bottom of the list.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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