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The Best Man Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Has added virtually nothing to two cinema genres with their own prodigious histories: ensemble and black.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It's a tribute to the actors' appeal that they can sling this hash and keep our sympathies, but they can't squeeze much drama from pure soap.

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OK for kids 16+

Entertaining romantic drama ponders commitment, fidelity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Best Man is a well-made romantic comedy that goes a bit deeper than most, tackling issues of fidelity, gender roles, double standards, and honesty. Race, for the most part is ignored, even though the cast is almost exclusively African American. There are some intense arguments, with a few that escalate into fistfights, and plenty of swearing (including the F-word and the N-word). Some people smoke and even more drink, especially at a raunchy bachelor party. There are several explicit discussions about sex, and some scenes feature women in lingerie, but there's no actual nudity.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about marriage and relationships. What do you think about Lance's expectations for his fiance? Are they realistic? Does he have a double standard?
  • How does this movie portray African American culture? Do you expect a movie with a majority black cast to deal with race? Would you expect that from a movie with mostly white characters?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Honesty is the best policy, because secrets have a way of coming out, sometimes even years later. And the longer they are buried, the worse the revelations. Lots of discussion of marriage, fidelity, and double standards.

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    Role models: Harper is hiding something from his longtime friend, a secret that could destroy an upcoming marriage. He tries to hide the truth, but it eventually comes out, and he has to scramble to find a way to make it right. He's also hiding things from himself -- his true feelings for a woman from his past -- and it's keeping him from committing to his current girlfriend. He's a good person, and tries to do the right thing, but he can't resolve any of these issues until he's able to be honest, with himself, his friends and his girlfriend.

What to watch for
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    Violence: When old secrets emerge, old friends are suddenly at each other's throats as two heated arguments turn into knock-down brawls that leave black eyes and bloody noses.

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    Sex: Old friends discuss their sexual histories in talks that range from raunchy ribbing to serious conversations about gender roles and fidelity. One man is well-known for his conquests even though he's about to be married, but he won't even tolerate the idea that his fiance has ever been with another man. Some scenes feature women in their underwear or lingerie, including a bachelor party sequence that includes strippers, but there's no nudity.

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    Language: A good bit of swearing in everyday conversation, including "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "whore," "d--k," and the F-word. Black characters frequently refer to each other using racially charged terms, including "mandingo" and the N-word.

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    Consumerism: A few well-known entertainers are mentioned by name, including Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder. Some scenes show men drinking Miller beer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Men smoke cigarettes and drink beer while playing poker. A bachelor party scene includes many people drinking heavily and getting pretty wasted. Other scenes show people drinking champagne at a wedding or wine at home.