My wife and I watched The Best Man Holiday over the weekend (Universal Studios Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray Combo Pack for review on my movie blog). Best Man Holiday is a story about a group of college friends who spend the Christmas holiday together. It’s a sequel to The Best Man. My wife and I both enjoyed Best Man Holiday, but I was disappointed with the ending. The Best Man Holiday will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, February 11th — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading to learn six things about The Best Man Holiday.
6 Things About The Best Man Holiday
- Watch The Best Man First
As I mentioned previously, The Best Man Holiday is a sequel to The Best Man (1999). The sequel begins with a brief series of flashback from the first film. If you’ve seen the first movie, the flashbacks are enough to remind you what happened fourteen years ago. But if you have have not seen the first film (like me), you can’t help but wonder what happened in the first movie, and why some of characters dislike each other so much. You can still understand and enjoy the sequel without seeing the previous movie first. However, I think you’ll enjoy the second movie more if you see The Best Man first.
- Times change, friendship doesn’t
The Best Man Holiday is the story about nine friends during a reunion during the Christmas holiday. Many of the friends still have a good relationship with each other. But some have drifted apart and can no longer stand each other. But during the get-together, one of the characters reveals a life changing event that helps everyone heal and bond together.
- The ending is disappointing
In my opinion, the story ended in the wrong place. Near the end of the film, the group of friends appeared ready to say their goodbyes. That’s the scene I thought the movie should have ended with. But instead, the story is extended for about another 15 minutes so one of the characters can give birth. To me, it seems like the studio or director extended the movie so it could have a happy ending instead of a sad one.
- The old gang is back
Taye Diggs (Harper), Morris Chestnut (Lance), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Harold Perrineau (Julian), Monica Calhoun (Mia), Sanaa Lathan (Robyn), Nia Long (Jordan), Melissa De Sousa (Shelby) and Regina Hall (Candace) reprised their roles from the first film. I thought they were all good in the film. The Best Man Holiday also featured Eddie Cibrian (Brian), Riele Downs (Faith), Richie Lawrence (August), Millie Davis (Hope), Linden Liles-McCurdy (L J), and Isis Moore (Kennedy).. The movie was directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
- Best Man Holiday is rated R
The movie is rated R for language, sexual content and nudity. There are a few sex scenes, but they are brief and not graphic. There is also profanity and a brief nudity scene, but it’s hard to see because it’s shown on a smartphone. In my opinion, the film is OK for older kids.
- The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features
In addition to the movie on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet, the 2+ hour Best Man Holiday includes a bunch of extra features:
- Alternate Ending (Blu-ray only)
- Deleted and Extended Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director/Producer Malcolm D. Lee (Blu-ray only)
- Smack Talk: Filming The Girl Fight Scene (Blu-ray only)
Step into the ring to learn how the big fight scene was filmed. Hear from stars Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa and writer/director/producer Malcolm D. Lee.
- Gag Reel
- Holiday Reunion: The Making of The Best Man Holiday
Join the cast and crew of the of The Best Man Holiday to find out how the characters, and the actors who play them, have evolved in the 14 years since the first film and what it’s like for them to be working together again, as well as how “new kid on the block” Eddie Cibrian fits in, and what writer and director Malcolm D. Lee brings to the franchise.
- Feature Commentary By Writer/Director/Producer Malcolm D. Lee
More info: The Best Man Holiday