Taye Diggs into another Wedding Cake
The Best Man
Review by Ross Anthony

A late night card game with the guys would have been nothing short of movie making perfection (great dialogue, direction, acting, energy) save for Perrineau, though his character is lovable, he finds himself out-acted. Also, "an oops" slips passed the directors careful eye: watch the card table magically reset after it's been overturned. This scene is a microcosm of the film itself: bouquet-catching actors, committed direction, toast-worthy dialogue, but an occasionally crazy-chicken story line.

Here's the drama ... Taye flies to New York for the wedding of his Pro-football playing best bud. The whole college gang is there with all their past histories with which to build each other up or tear each other down, and there are still a few secrets left untold. When the cat's finally out of the bag ... who will end up with whom? Kind of a "public-relationships" game of musical chairs.

Like "Seinfeld," Nothing really happens in this film. Even a scene in which one character holds the other over the edge of a terrace seems out of place and unnecessary. But the good solid humor and unforgettable acting power keep "The Best Man" fun and ultimately entertaining.

Taye Diggs graced the screen mere months ago in another buddy/wedding film. "The Wood" was rough around the edges (picture/sound-wise), but excellent on script and performance. If you enjoy, "The Best Man" this weekend, let me recommend "The Wood" as a fine renter.

  • The Best Man. Copyright © 1999. Rated R.
  • Starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, and Melissa De Sousa.
  • Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
  • Produced by Spike Lee, Sam Kitt, and Bill Carraro at Universal/40 Acres and a Mule.

Grade..........................Strong B+

Copyright © 1999 Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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