The Best Man

on October 22, 1999 by Kevin Courrier.
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   Given the success of "Waiting to Exhale" and "When Stella Got Her Groove Back," it's safe now to assume that black audiences have developed the same appetite for bland middle-class comedy that white audiences have. With "The Best Man," black viewers might have their first equivalent of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedy, in the worst sense.
   Harper (Taye Diggs), a young novelist, writes a novel based on many of his friends. When an advance copy gets into their hands, it creates a major stir. But things come to an explosive head, when he is to perform the duties of being the best man to a friend whose bride, his book reveals, he once slept with.
   One of the odd incongruities of "The Best Man" is how it features black characters living an opulent upper-middle class life, but still talking as if they are somehow from the 'hood. The filmmakers must have hoped to draw young urban audiences, but such a demographic will certainly not appreciate the affluent white stereotype hand-me-downs. "The Best Man" is one of the worst movies.    Starring Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Nia Long, Melissa DeSousa and Harold Perrineau. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Produced by Spike Lee, Sam Kitt and Bill Carraro. A Universal Release. Drama/Comedy. Rated R for language and sexuality. Running time: 115 min.
Tags: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Nia Long, Melissa DeSousa and Harold Perrineau. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Produced by Spike Lee, Sam Kitt and Bill Carraro. A Universal Release. Drama/Comedy, friends, novelist, appetite
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