Yes, this again.
Last week, the wayward half of the VSB dream team wrote a post entitled, “Why I Really Don’t Want To See The Best Man Holiday (…Even Though I Probably Will)”. That Champ, what a card. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t listen to Champ’s opinion when it comes to seeing Black movies (in particular), but I feel like taking Champ’s advice on Black movies is like taking clipper guard advice from Lebron James; well intentioned but seeking a second opinion isn’t a bad idea. Now why would I throw my partner-in-crime under the bus in such a fashion? Welll…
…if you all will remember, this is a man who saw Love Jones for the first time two years ago due to his ambivalence but ended up loving it, then because of said newfound love proceeded to yell fire in a crowded theater with the post that proved that they really never should have given you nwords the Internet. If I’m not mistaken, he has yet to finish watching The Best Man and has admitted to being less than enthused with most Black cinema. With all that being said, I think it’s safe to say that I’m the one who will most likely, know, show, and care about what’s going on in the world of Black cinema, even though he will eventually love it all anyway.
Which brings us back to the lecture at hand. Not only have I seen The Best Man Holiday already, I’ve seen it twice. And you know what, I thought it was good the first time and really liked it the second time around. But that’s not the point of this post. This isn’t a review. You don’t need a review. Most of you are going to see it anyway because 1) there really isn’t that much else available in the way of Black movies; and 2) most of us actually loved the original even if half of you mofos swear you don’t do sequels DESPITE seeing every Batman movie that’s come out in the past five years. And yes, Viriginia, The Dark Knight Rises IS A SEQUEL.
So because I’m in a benevolent mood, I’m going to do two things. 1) I’m going to give you 10 reasons why you should go see the movie, because I totally have 10 reasons; and 2) if you live in the DC/Baltimore area, I’m trying to take you to the movies. Actually if you live in DC I’m going to go with you. If you stay in the Bmore area, I’ll send you but you’re on your own homey. Homey don’t do Baltimore. Shots fired.
So let’s start with 10 reasons why you should see The Best Man Holiday without providing a single spoiler.
1. After seeing the new one and revisiting the original movie, Quentin is easily my favorite character out of the entire cast. Now this could be because he reminds me of me, but my man is a bundle of fun, wisdom, bad decisions, and he’s not afraid to be himself. And you know what, I like that, and you will too. My man is a basket full of kittens.
2. You really aren’t ready for the emotional rollercoaster that this movie will take you on. No, seriously. But you want to go along for this ride. After the last screening I attended, one of my guests said to me, “I will see this movie 20 more times if you have more free passes…P, let me know because I can’t wait to see it again!”
3. Seeing some of your favorite actors get…old…is a bit offputting. But what you realize is how much time and effort they put into keeping themselves Hollywood-ready. The youngest people in the cast are Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan…and they’re both 42. Morris Chestnutt is 44 but is outchea putting 20 year old’s to shame. Point is, if you’re lonely it’s good to have some folks to grow old with. And Melissa De Sousa (Shelby) is STILL bad as all hell. I mean good lawd.
4. So you remember how everybody in the first film was almost abnormally successful? I mean I come from a clique of homeys where every last one of us has at least a Master’s degree, with a couple lawyers, and a few Ph.D’s sprinkled in. But The Best Man had homeys coming from money, an accomplished writer, an NFL star, and potential high powered attorney who just wanted to help the kids. The curiosity in me wants to know if they managed to maintain that level of welloffedness…I mean somebody has to crash and burn right? Right? Most times we never get answers, but since this movie features the same folks some umpteen years later…we get answers…and I want them. As do you.
5. For the ladies, Morris Chestnut.
6. For the fellas, girl fight.
7. This is going to be an interesting reason but creep with me. Since Tyler Perry hit the scene, it seems like every Black non-hood pseudo mainstream movie is either Tyler Perry-esque, or goes way out of its way to NOT be Tyler Perry-esque. So it’s interesting to see a movie with a similar team take another crack at a movie that debuted before Tyler Perry stepped on the scene all crispy and clean. It’s almost impossible to watch movies now without drawing some parallels either in favor of or against TP-isms. Point here, for the movie buffs in you, I need to talk to everybody about the TP effect. And there are a few scenes that reaaaaaaaaaally tow that line.
8. While Ray J made the term “smashed the homie” popular, Harp was the original purveyor of bringing that into Black pop culture zeitgeist. Sure everybody’s doing it now, but Harp started that sh*t. Aren’t you even a little bit curious about how that relationship between Lance and Harp turned out all these years later? My man Harp got Lance to the altar and married amidst flashbacks of his girl getting backshots. Are they still cool? Did they manage to make it past that? Inquiring minds would like to know.
9. For entertainment purposes, I’ve got four words: Lance and Mia’s kids.
10. Ultimately, despite what some of us claim, characters we love from movies become part of how we frame certain moments in our own lives. Sure we always wonder how their lives turn out because we invested time and energy into caring about them. So the opportunity to see what happens in the lives of folks we love is fun and exciting. Sure some people like to leave stories where they ended. That’s cool, and I’ll let them finish, but if movies could last for 27 hours, maybe they’d have included the very sequels that folks claim to not care about. But they can’t, so we get sequels. I’m like Joe, I wanna know. I want to know what happened to Harper and Robin. I want to know if Murch ran into T-Pain and told him he was in love with a stripper and inadvertently launched the career of Teddy Pinnedherassdown. Lance is a football player…did my man catch a concussion and have his lips sealed by the NFL settlement or catch a career ending injury and blew his dough and end up on the next ESPN 30 For 30 entitled Still Broke? Did Harper become this great writer with all the books and all the accolades? I mean he hit Oprah off his first book. Now what? Did Q get a real job?
What the f*ck happened?!?!?! I want to know. And so do you. Even if you don’t think you do. And do you know why? Because when Busta Rhymes said, “gimme some more…” you all repeated it. He was talking about The Best Man. I care and so do you dammit.
So yes we’ve already talked about this. And yes, Champ stole my thunder since I’ve actually seen it. Tweece. Twice. Whatever I hate these things.
So that’s my reasoning. Without dropping any spoilers, I really think you’ll enjoy it. My feelings came all out watching it both times. And look me in my face, I ain’t got no worries.
To complete the murder, I’m ALSO going to do some of y’all a solid because I liked it (and you all) so much. I’ve got 30 passes to give a away to an advance screening of The Best Man Holiday in the DC area for next Wednesday, November 13th. I’ve got 15 passes for the AMC Georgetown at 730pm and 15 passes for Cinemark Egyptian at Arundel Mills at the same time and date (November 13th, 730pm). Oh and each pass admits 2 people!!! You and a friend, boo!
You know you want to see it. And I’ll be at the DC screening so we can all watch it together. TWINSIES! Here’s what you need to do if you want one of the passes for you and a friend!
Send an email to email@example.com telling me why I should give you a pass. Make sure you tell me which screening location you want to attend
and what type of gift you will bring with you to give to me as well. I don’t need a soliloquy, like Luther Vandross…just give me a reason to want you back.
See you at the movies.
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka MR. LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES, LET’S GO SEE THE STARS aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3