The Best Man
Harper Stewart's slated to be best man at his best friend's wedding. But an advance copy of his kiss-and-tell semiautobiographical novel is making the rounds in the bridal party, and his friends are having trouble digesting all his dishing.
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- Malcolm D. Lee
- 2000 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Supporting Male nominee
- 1998 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Foreign Language Film nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
The film looks good in its 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Sound options include Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. An "On Location" feature, production notes, cast and crew bios, and two music videos are among the extras.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Best Man is a well-made romantic comedy that goes a bit deeper than most, tackling issues of fidelity, gender roles, double standards, and honesty. Race, for the most part is ignored, even though the cast is almost exclusively African American. There are some intense arguments, with a few that escalate into fistfights, and plenty of swearing (including the F-word and the N-word). Some people smoke and even more drink, especially at a raunchy bachelor party. There are several explicit discussions about sex, and some scenes feature women in lingerie, but there's no actual nudity.
- Sexual Content
- Old friends discuss their sexual histories in talks that range from raunchy ribbing to serious conversations about gender roles and fidelity. One man is well-known for his conquests even though he's about to be married, but he won't even tolerate the idea that his fiance has ever been with another man. Some scenes feature women in their underwear or lingerie, including a bachelor party sequence that includes strippers, but there's no nudity.
- When old secrets emerge, old friends are suddenly at each other's throats as two heated arguments turn into knock-down brawls that leave black eyes and bloody noses.
- A good bit of swearing in everyday conversation, including "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "whore," "d--k," and the F-word. Black characters frequently refer to each other using racially charged terms, including "mandingo" and the N-word.
- Social Behavior
- Honesty is the best policy, because secrets have a way of coming out, sometimes even years later. And the longer they are buried, the worse the revelations. Lots of discussion of marriage, fidelity, and double standards.
- A few well-known entertainers are mentioned by name, including Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder. Some scenes show men drinking Miller beer.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Men smoke cigarettes and drink beer while playing poker. A bachelor party scene includes many people drinking heavily and getting pretty wasted. Other scenes show people drinking champagne at a wedding or wine at home.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it