For director Malcolm D. Lee, The Best Man Holiday is not just the sequel to his 1999 African-American romantic-dramedy The Best Man, but a means to unite different audiences and help them understand our universal problems.
Reprising their roles in the new movie are Taye Diggs (Harper), Sanaa Lathan (Robin), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Nia Long (Jordan), Morris Chestnut (Lance), Monica Calhoun (Mia), Harold Perrineau (Julian), Regina Hall (Candy) and Melissa De Sousa (Shelby). Lee brings the group of affluent African-American friends finding their way in the worlds of romance and adulthood together again for a weekend. This time, they’re more mature, but there’s still plenty of scandal, drama, and exuberant personalities.
The Best Man, which debuted in October 1999, was a box-office hit and helped catapult the careers of Howard and Diggs. Lee’s mission to defy the stereotypical African-American characters in media through his first film proved a success.
“Getting any movie made is a challenge, but I wrote the [original] script in my mind that was partially an answer to Waiting to Exhale,” Lee told Entertainment Weekly. “The archetypal images of black men represented in that movie, that … was not my reality. They weren’t [people] who I went to school with or who I was. I wanted to create a film that I can relate to. There was a small representation of films and TV shows that showed complex African-American characters, like Love Jones or The Cosby Show. What was gratifying about creating The Best Man the first time was the ability to create characters who were not marginalized — they had layers, dimensions, faults, things that make them tick and subtext.”
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