Coming Together for Christmas

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

It's been almost 15 years since the guys and girls; Lance (Morris Chestnut), Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau) and Mia (Monica Calhoun) have all been together but with Lance and his wife organizing a Christmas reunion they all show up. But in those years things have changed from Lance becoming a bit off with others whilst Harper's career as a writer is struggling and he needs a favour from Lance. The others also have issues and as these friends come together old feelings, rivalries and some truths come out as well as some current troubles.

If you look under the heading "Movie Recommendations" on this page you will find a few movies mentioned such as "This Christmas" and "Nothing Like the Holidays". Well whilst those movies are about families they are also Christmas reunion movies which is exactly what "The Best Man Holiday" is except it is a movie about old college friends coming together. In fairness "The Best Man Holiday" happens to be a sequel but as it is a reunion movie it follows a familiar formula and covers some familiar themes from current issues causing stress to old issues raising its ugly head as well as old relationships.

But what "The Best Man Holiday" has is the sort of humour which doesn't make you think of Christmas as we have reference to big cocks and what you can do with them, amongst various sexual jokes. And that makes what I am going to say next sound so contradictory because whilst you have plenty of sex based comedy you also have a soulful side and even one character mentioning that you have to trust in God as he has a plan. It is completely polar opposites but the sex comedy and the soulful mix together with plenty of freshness which makes it good fun even when it doesn't stray from the formula. And it also sneaks in a genuinely emotional side when it comes to some of the issues.

What this all boils down to is that "The Best Man Holiday" is entertaining as a reunion movie and it has a nice mix of comedy, soulful and emotional going on. But whilst based at Christmas it isn't what I call overly Christmassy and runs to the same formula of other reunion movies.

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