Novelist Harper (Taye Diggs) has agreed to be the best man at the wedding of his college friends Mia (Monica Calhoun) and Lance (Morris Chestnut) and is looking forward to being reunited with his other old friends at the weekend celebration. However, as the big day approaches, word gets out that Harper's latest book - a semi-autobiographical account of his student years - contains a thinly veiled description of a sexual encounter between himself and Mia, and when Lance hears about this he promptly cancels the wedding. Is this the end for the happy couple, or can Harper put things right before it's too late?
A glossy romantic comedy, The Best Man
centres on four college friends and the women in their lives, all brought back together for a wedding. Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back
) plays the title character, a young writer whose first novel is a barely fictionalised account of his college days, featuring barely fictionalised versions of all his friends. This novel hasn't yet been released, but ambitious TV producer Nia Long (Soul Food
) has snagged an advance copy in the hopes of getting an early interview with Diggs. Unfortunately, when this advance copy begins circulating among the college gang, they discover it reveals some secrets that may have a disastrous effect on the wedding. The Best Man
features a handsome, charming cast and a propulsive story, but the female characters are poorly developed and the male banter is, to say the least, chauvinistic. This banter is mostly to comic effect, but by the end it still leaves a sour taste that the movie's happy ending doesn't counter. It does at least feature a particularly strong performance by Terrence Howard as an aimless but relentlessly honest member of the college quartet. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
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