On Tuesday evening, Mr. TK and I had the pleasure of viewing a screening of the highly anticipated sequel, The Best Man Holiday. As a newly married couple, free date nights are always welcomed but we were especially excited to check out this film since we’re both fans of the original movie. Watching this movie was similar to catching up with old friends — we laughed, we cried (Yes, Mr. TK shed a few tears, y’all.) and I said “Aww!” outloud at least half a dozen times. Here are my top seven — spoiler-free — reasons you should see TBMH, this weekend:
1 – I’ll spare you a spiel on why it is important to support films that portray healthy and balanced relationships of Black folks. Because you know that already, right?! But, it is important to note that these characters are relatable and the storylines will resonate with you. While you might not have an uber-successful pro-athlete like Morris Chestnut’s character in your circle…or perhaps you do, I’m sure you do know a couple that seems to have an idealistic life: thriving careers, cute and likeable children, a gorgeous home (for their means), etc. Throughout the movie, I guarantee you’ll find yourself comparing the characters to people in your life which is typically a sign of good writing.
2 – You’ll get to see Morris Chestnut shirtless.
3 – Number two. Day-um!
4 – Terrence Howard is hilarious in this movie.
5 – This film addresses many of the very real yet tough challenges married couples face post-honeymoon such as infertility, life-threatening illness, financial hardships, trust or lack of it and friendships of the opposite sex.
6 – It is always refreshing to see sincere camaraderie and friendship between Black men on the silver screen. There is a value in this we often take for granted. When any man, but especially a Black man (Because aren’t they all supposed to be menacing thugs?), tells another Black man I love you in a non-sexual way, it helps validate what I witness on a regular basis with my male family and friends.
7 – This movie reminded me that even in the midst of life’s biggest storms, there is a little bit of light somewhere. I know that cliche might have made some of you want to throw up, but this way of thinking has worked in my life so I appreciate the message in a movie; particularly when it is done in a smart way.
Are you planning to see The Best Man Holiday this weekend? Why/why not? Have you already seen it? What did you think?
P.S. – Of course there were a couple aspects of the movie I could have done without (Lance’s winning game at the end of the film was a bit hokey/predictable and the casting of three of his four children seemed off — Imma need casting directors to dig deeper for dark brown children) but these things couldn’t begin to stand up to what I loved about the flick.
Lucky you! U got 2 c the movie early!!! I’m going tomorrow night with my girls. Then we’re having dinner and drinks to recap everything. I can’t wait!!!
Already have my tickets for tonight. Thanks for not spoiling the movie for us. I am super excited. Thanks for reviewing. BTW – Did you say Morris has shirtLESS scenes? I may have to see this more than once.
@Christina – I think you and your girls are going to love the movie. Have a blast!
@Lisa – LOL! Enjoy and you’re so welcome.
For the record – I don’t see a difference between Morris & me when I take off my shirt. I guess I also think I sing like Tyrese when I’m showering. I enjoyed watching the super sexy female cast cast members. I think the movie was very good.
Thanks for the preview from a Black perspective, since I’m Black. Although I’m not a Terrence Howard or Taye Diggs fan, I am so looking forward to seeing this movie. I loved the first movie and love all the female cast members. Thanks Triple B, watching us love each other is always a wonderful, marvelous, fantastic experience.
Thanks for the great review, I saw the movie a little while ago. There are so many lessons to be learned from this movie.
@Everyone – I’m glad the review was enjoyed. Please spread the word about this film!
I haven’ seen the movie but why are there 5 women and 4 men in the picture? Is someone not married yet? I’m hoping to see it this week end too.
I saw this movie Saturday night of opening weekend with some girlfriends. Among us, 2 are working hard at marriage with children, 1 is separating and ending a marriage and 1 is kind of in limbo in her relationship. I felt like we were all able to relate to the challenges portrayed. It was very emotional for me and I hope we see more from this crew as their lives continue to grow more complex and more lovely. Especially so long as Mr Chestnut keeps doin’ what he do to look like he do! (forgive the grammar, he’s so fine I can’t think straight)
Aunt Zee is right, why are there 5 females and 4 males in the picture? It was even/Steven in the movies.
I’m going to see this film tonight. I couldn’t be bothered with the big crowds during the opening weekend. Thank you for the review.