So this fellow had written a fictitious book inspired by events in his own life... Then there is a wedding. Everyone is together once again and his friends questioned how much of that book was really fiction and how much was actual fact. Oops! That was the premise of "The Best Man" in 1999. Now we have a sequel which takes place 15 years later. And yes, the plot has thickened... but those old hurts still haven't gone away.
The crew has never been so witty or so appealing; the well written plot is racy, raunchy and very, very funny (the delighted audience laughed out loud over and over again). Religion unabashedly plays a big part in the plot and it is used with NO irony or derision. Successful middle-class families attend church, sincere people pray, and polite well-mannered children sing religious songs at family gatherings. And while it is clear that spirituality is upfront and foremost in the lives of the community, given the antics of these folks, NO ONE is too sanctified! This is a feel-good movie with a huge principal cast, so I must limit this to just a few.
This R-rated outing contains sexual situations (not all the characters are devoted Christians) but stresses the importance of friendship, loyalty and trust. Expect plenty of profanity, lots of anatomical discussions, a girl fight, plus a time to laugh and a time to weep.
All in all, this is a nice emotional workout for everyone; that's why movies are made, isn't it? Kudos to writer/director Malcolm D Lee ("Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins"). A happy and enthusiastic screening audience exited the theater Tuesday night.