After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut (“Identity Thief”), Taye Diggs (“Baggage Claim”), Regina Hall (“Scary Movie” franchise), Terrence Howard (“Hustle & Flow”), Sanaa Lathan (“Contagion”), Nia Long (“Soul Food”), Harold Perrineau (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Monica Calhoun (“Love & Basketball”) and Mellisa De Sousa (“Miss Congeniality”) reprise their career-launching roles in “The Best Man Holiday,” the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy.
In the closing frames of “The Best Man Holiday,” the groundbreaking movie from then first-time writer/director Malcolm D. Lee, Lance (Chestnut) and Mia (Calhoun) had just gotten married, and Harper (Diggs) proposed to a very shocked Robyn (Lathan). Murch (Perrineau) found the nerve to break up with Shelby (De Sousa) and begin dating Candy (Hall), the fantasy girl who’d become the love of his life, while the industrious Shelby rebounded and found herself in bed with lothario Quentin (Howard). And although Jordan (Long) was successful as a television producer, she seemed destined to stay unlucky in love.
Everything has changed since that day.
Throughout the years, there have been marriages, children and divorces — not to mention all the love and heartbreak that accompany a life well lived — but the group has not been able to manage a proper get-together since Lance and Mia’s wedding. But that’s all about to be remedied. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.
“The Best Man Holiday” is in theaters Friday, November 15, 2013.