I’m just going to put his out there: I did not like the Best Man Holiday. There, I said it. Somehow it managed to be predictable and have outrageously unbelievable scenarios too. Lance (Morris Chestnut) in particular did some pretty ridiculous things. If you saw the movie, two scenes should immediately come to mind. No spoilers here, so I’ll just leave it at that.
I can appreciate a fun little rom-com (even mediocre ones) and I love the fact that a rom-com starring black people did so well at the box office. Romantic comedies of various quality levels, starring white people, have been topping box office charts for years. Kudos to Malcolm Lee and the entire cast on creating a commercially successful film. I saw it about a week after it came out, so my social media feeds were filled with positive comments about the movie. I never read reviews before I see a film, but I couldn’t escape the unadulterated praise of Best Man Holiday that took over my timelines. Writer friends, people from high school, relatives—everybody loved this movie and swore up and down that the movie was laugh out loud funny and a tearjerker.
Everyone lied to me.
The Best Man Holiday was mediocre at best and that’s fine. It was kind of cute and there was definitely a nostalgia factor. It was nice to see all of those beloved characters together again. And like I said, I can appreciate a goofy rom-com and I understand that you have to suspend disbelief with these kinds of movies when they toss in the super dramatic scenarios. I get it. Some rom-coms serve up all of those things nicely, the Best Man Holiday just didn’t do it for me.
I left the theater shocked that so many of my friends loved that movie. It’s like we saw different films. I still love the original Best Man. I have that on DVD. When the third one comes out (and there will be a third one) I’ll still go to the theater to see it, but I’ll just know to keep my expectations a tad lower.
What popular movies do you hate and why?