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The Best Man Holiday Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    The cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Only a few charming tidbits are nestled snugly in this over-stuffed Christmas stocking.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    All of the cast members deliver smooth, capable performances, but this sequel clarifies why Howard has become the biggest star from the original ensemble. (He also gave one of the strongest performances in Lee Daniels’ The Butler this past summer.)

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Best Man Holiday is an eggnog that's sticky-sweet and heavy at the same time.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    There’s something pretty special about this cast, all of whom turn in excellent performances while alternating between light comedy and some seriously heavy dramatic lifting.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A far more Tyler Perry-ish mixture of comedy and tragedy than the easygoing "Best Man" was, back in the pre-Perry movie era.

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  • 80

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    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Lee seems less interested in capturing how people of color talk than in capturing how people talk. He coaxes us to step in and listen, and the very casualness of his invitation is the key to the joyousness of The Best Man Holiday, flaws be damned.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Entertaining sequel deals with mature topics.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Best Man Holiday, an ensemble dramedy starring Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Terrence Howard, offers plenty of laughs but mostly around mature topics, including sex, marital discord, financial instability, and the like. The film, a sequel to The Best Man, is pretty gloomy too, touching on the subject of mortality and chronic illness around Christmas-time. There is plenty of sexual innuendo and swearing, too, including "f--k."

  • Families can talk about how friendship is portrayed in the movie. What binds these friends together after all these years? Do the challenges to their friendships seem believable? What is the movie's message about friendship and marriage?
  • Does the movie break new ground when it comes to the ensemble movie genre? Does it rely on tired tropes? If so, which ones?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Loyal old friends can see you through life's toughest challenges.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Though not everyone acts out of the goodness of their heart (and sometimes make awful decisions), the entire ensemble displays moments -- some more than others -- of great generosity, compassion, and forgiveness.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Two men fight, and one clutches the other by his shirt. A football player loses his cool on the field and throws his helmet at the bench. Couples scream at each other. Two women try to beat each other up.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Couples are shown getting intimate, the men shirtless. No genitals or breasts are shown. A man is shown taking photos of his penis, though we don't see it. Frank discussions of a few sex acts, though euphemisms are used to name them. A YouTube video is viewed by a few characters numerous times, showing a woman seemingly accepting money for what presumably is a sex act behind closed doors.

  • language false4

    Language: A fair sprinkling of everything, including "f--k," "d--k," "---hole," "hell," "damn," "p---y," "s--t", and "motherf--ker," sometimes uttered in front of children.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some brand names are shown or named, including BlackBerry, Budweiser, Audi, Sports Illustrated, YouTube, Apple, Lexus, and the New York Giants.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One guy is seen smoking weed. Some wine and beer in social situations.