The Best Man (1999)

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

After writing a soon-to-be bestselling novel, writer and committed bachelor Harper attempts to hide the fact that his saucy new book is loosely based on the lives and loves of his tight-knit group of friends. Harper is set to be best man at his friend Lance's wedding, and all his friends will be in attendance. When an advance copy of the book makes its way into the hands of his ex-flame, Jordan, Harper attempts to keep it under wraps.

My Big Fat Toxic Masculinity...? I was not at all surprised to learn that the most fraught scene on set was the one in which a woman hits back at a man, thus upsetting the Natural Order of Things.


The men indulge an off-putting jealousy in regard to women’s sexual histories that [director] Lee plainly justifies as naturally masculine, and women on the whole here hardly matter outside of the men they’re connected to. […] The sexism isn’t quite as noxious as one might find in, say, the Tyler Perry canon, but that’s really as far as the compliments go when it comes to this overextended and deeply crude sermon.

Chris Cabin (Slant Magazine)