Review: ‘The Best Man Holiday’ overcomes sophomore jinx

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Actor Terrence Howard arrives on the red carpet for the world premiere of the feature film “The Best Man Holiday” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

 

We’ve waited long enough. After almost 15 years, “The Best Man” (1999) crew has reunited for Christmas at the Sullivan’s in “The Best Man Holiday.”

The original cast returns starring Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa.

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Actor Taye Diggs arrives on the red carpet for the world premiere of the feature film “The Best Man Holiday” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

The issues from the first “Best Man” sadly spill over into the sequel. Jordan (Long) finally lands a beau, but that doesn’t stop Robin (Lathan) from believing Harper is still longing for his old friend. Lance (Chestnut) still holds the anger and betrayed emotional state from Harper’s night of passion with his wife, Mia (Calhoun). And Julian (Perrineau) and bachelor-party stripper, Candy (Hall) have to withstand the onset lurking of stuck-up, Shelby (De Sousa).

So many new things surface within this sea of friends too. The element of surprise is an understatement because the Best Man Holiday does not quite hold the fairy tale story line or epic Electric Slide conclusion like the earlier version.  

The Best Men of “The Best Man Holiday”

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Actor Morris Chestnut arrives on the red carpet for the world premiere of the feature film “The Best Man Holiday” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

All four men did an exceptional job, especially “Boyz ‘N The Hood” star Morris Chestnut. He has not aged and must be stricken with the Benjamin Button disease because there’s no way he is pushing 45. I’m certain the power of the camera and little bit of MAC makeup might have deceived my perception but Morris Chestnut looked amazing. Since the original “Best Man,” Chestnut has not made a lasting impression with his latest movies like “Not Easily Broken” (2009), “The Perfect Holiday” (2007), and “The Game Plan” (2007), but he has returned in this movie with a youthful, sprightly look.

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