If there is a movie that reminds me of my teenage years then it would have to be The Best Man. Oh how I loved it! I’m not embarrassed to say it was the last scene in the film that first taught me how to do the ‘Candy dance’. I own the DVD and have watched it a million times, along with Love and Basketball, The Brothers, Brown Sugar, and my other all-time favourite Love Jones (!!!) all from a genre of rom-com black films which formed the backdrop to my teens. They just don’t make them like that any more : )
For those who haven’t seen The Best Man, it is all about a group of college friends reuniting to celebrate the wedding of Mia (Monica Calhoun) and Lance (Morris Chestnut). Taye Diggs plays Harper, the best man and a budding novelist, whose first title chronicles their college days. In the run up to the big day, the book’s release reveals a back-in-the-day secret involving Harper and the bride-to-be which threatens to ruin the wedding.
As a young girl growing up in the UK you just didn’t see many black people on the telly let alone in film, so it really was a treat. For me, the likes of Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett and Regina Hall were and still are some of the most glamorous women ever.
So when I heard the a sequel would be coming out, to say I was pretty excited is an understatement. Nearly 15 years on the cast have reunited in The Best Man Holiday.The première took place last night in LA and yes I have already stalked the pics from the red carpet. It’s so nice to see all the main characters back together again. I have to admit, although still looking fine, time has blessed the women much more than the men. Those girls look like they haven’t aged a day.
The film is released in the UK on the 29th November and if baby girl actually takes the bottle and let’s me leave the house without her (more on this in another post), the Mr and I will go to see it on our first post-baby date night, fingers crossed!