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AFI Movie Club: THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY

Starring Taye Diggs, Regina Hall and Sanaa Lathan, THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY revolves around a group of college friends reuniting over the holidays as friendships and marriages are tested and long-simmering tensions reemerge. 

Watch director Malcolm D. Lee go “Behind the Scene” and talk about making THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY in this exclusive conversation.

Watch cinematographer Greg Gardiner go “Behind the Scene” and talk about making THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY in this exclusive conversation.

MOVIE TRIVIA

DID YOU KNOW? THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY is a sequel to Malcolm D. Lee’s directorial debut, THE BEST MAN (1999), which received critical acclaim.  

DID YOU KNOW?  The film was shot in Toronto, Canada,  on a budget of $17 million and  went on to gross $71 million worldwide. 

DID YOU KNOW? Director Malcolm D. Lee is the cousin of another prolific filmmaker – Spike Lee. 

DID YOU KNOW? The soundtrack for THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY included songs by Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, Mary J. Blige and John Legend, among others. 

DID YOU KNOW? THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY was honored with four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor for both Morris Chestnut and Terrence Howard, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Motion Picture. 

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CONVERSATION STARTERS

The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Discussion Questions

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  • Describe the action during the opening credits of THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY and note its significance to the story. Why do you think the filmmakers started the film in this way? 
  • Why does Lance forgive Harper? What role does his Christian faith play in his forgiveness? 
  • How does THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY explore troubled relationships? What message does it convey about marriage and couples that seem mismatched? 
  • What binds the friendships together in THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY after so many years? How does the Christmas holiday play a role in their reunification and their need for connection? 
  • THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY mixes tragedy and comedy to produce an emotional response from its audience. What affect does this combination of human experiences have on you as a viewer?  
  • How would you rate THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY? 

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