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The Best Man (1999)

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Just before best friend's wedding, the life of Chicago writer becomes crazy when the friend guesses that new book's story based on his bride's fervent past.

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Malcolm D. Lee

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Malcolm D. Lee
7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taye Diggs ... Harper Stewart
Nia Long ... Jordan Armstrong
Morris Chestnut ... Lance Sullivan
Harold Perrineau ... Julian Murch
Terrence Howard ... Quentin
Sanaa Lathan ... Robin
Monica Calhoun ... Mia Morgan
Melissa De Sousa ... Shelby
Victoria Dillard ... Anita
Regina Hall ... Candy
Jim Moody ... Uncle Skeeter
Jarrod Bunch ... Wayne
Stu 'Large' Riley ... Fandango
Liris Crosse ... Stripper
Lady Madonna Lady Madonna ... Stripper
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Storyline

Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance, a pro athlete. He goes to New York early (Robin will come for the wedding) to hang out with Lance and other friends, including Jordan, his former almost-lover, now in media and privy to an advance copy of the book. The men discuss women, never facing their own double standard; Jordan wants to try again with Harper, at least for one night; and Harper fears that Lance will read his book and learn that the bride-to-be slept with him once to avenge Lance's many affairs. Can Harper mature before Lance kills him, Jordan seduces him, and he loses Robin? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The flower arrangements have been ordered. The sleeping arrangements are still being worked out.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Man See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,031,660, 24 October 1999

Gross USA:

$34,102,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,573,780
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a sequel to this movie which is called the 'The Best Man Holiday'. See more »

Goofs

Lance pushes Harper against the wall in the church and his suit alternately messed-up/straight between shots. See more »

Quotes

Harper Stewart: You know what your problem is? You don't live enough for today.
Robin: What?
Harper Stewart: For once just live in the moment.
[he gets down on one knee and takes her hand]
Robin: Uhh, Harper, what are you doing?
Harper Stewart: At least for a little while. Robin, will you marry me? I love you.
[Robin stares at him]
Harper Stewart: Please?
Robin: [she nods] Yeah. Whatever, man.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Trouble: Swipe Right (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Poetry Girl
Written by Eric Benét, Osunlade
Performed by Eric Benét
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Just plain enjoyable
18 October 2004 | by CRBrown624See all my reviews

This was the first time in as long as I can remember where the lead characters, though African-American and male, were not tragedies. No drugs, alcohol problems. Each man had a job, neigh a career. It really reminded me of my friends. I know someone that represents each of those characters. Not too long out of college and working our way towards "making it." It really sent the message that African-Americans are able to achieve without a rap video and we certainly don't all sell drugs. It was not a typical "black" movie. It was just a movie about a group of friends, irrespective of the color of their skin. We have brains and know how to use them. This is a more accurate representation of us anyway since what the media shows is a very small percentage. Great job, Spike!


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