Film / The Best Man

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The Best Man is a 1999 comedy film starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, and Sanaa Lathan. Spike Lee produced the film, and his cousin Malcolm D. Lee directed.

Up-and-coming author Harper Stewart (Diggs) travels to Los Angeles for a wedding and is forced to deal with the fallout once his friends start to recognize themselves in his thinly-veiled autobiographical novel. A sequel titled The Best Man Holiday was released in 2013.

No relation to the 1964 political drama starring Henry Fonda, or the Gore Vidal play from which it was adapted.


Tropes:

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted with Mia, who spends most of the sequel looking gorgeous, despite being cancer-stricken. . .until she takes off her wig and reveals that the chemotherapy has left her bald.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: used for the college flashbacks
  • Happily Married: Subverted with all the married couples in the sequel. While ostensibly happy together, the reunion dredges up some underlying issues and causes tension.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted by Lance during his wedding ceremony and after Mia's death
  • Sequel Gap: 14 years between the original and the sequel.
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