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The Best Man 1999 15

115 mins USA Director. Malcolm D. Lee

Harper (Taye Diggs) is an aspiring author whose unfinished draft has been given the seal of approval from Oprah’s Book Club, setting him on the way to success. The only trouble is the book leans heavily on some thinly disguised discretions about his circle of friends and former lovers, which cause all sorts of frictions when out in the open and threaten to derail his best friend’s wedding.

Inspired by The Big Chill, writer-director Malcolm D. Lee set the standard for the comedy-drama around (in Lee’s words) "middle-class characters who happen to be black", paving the way for the likes of Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels. Although produced by Lee’s more famous cousin Spike at the height of his success, The Best Man was still a modestly budgeted production that performed very well at the box office, proving there was an audience for different kinds of African-American stories.

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Directed by

Malcolm D. Lee

Featuring

Sanaa Lathan

Terrence Howard

Harold Perrineau Jr

Morris Chestnut

Nia Long

Taye Diggs

Genres

Comedy Drama

Collection

Fools For Love Black Star Love Closed Captions

Certificate

15 Contains strong language

Released

1999

Country

USA

Language

English

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