Eleven years ago today, The Best Man
opened in theaters nationwide. The film starred Nia Long
, Taye Diggs
, Morris Chestnut
, Terrence Howard
and Sanaa Lathan
, and was directed by Spike Lee
's cousin, Malcom Lee
with Spike as a producer. The Best Man
was the last of the classic Black films of the '90s
, solidifying Nia Long and Morris Chestnut (who starred in 1991's Boyz N The Hood
) as forces in Hollywood.
The film follows the story of Harper, whose autobiographical book is about to be released. He is the best man to Lance, but the book reveals that he slept with Lance's bride-to-be. Drama ensues with commentary on relationships and friendships.
With only a $9 million budget, The Best Man
grossed over $34 million. At the 2000 NAACP Image Awards, Nia Long and Terrence Howard won awards. The film nabbed Outstanding Motion Picture. Of course this was the time when every film needed a killer soundtrack, and The Best Man
soundtrack had songs from Beyonce
, Faith Evans
Check out the video for "Turn Your Lights Down Low" by Lauryn Hill
and Bob Marley
, which was the first single from the soundtrack.