The Best Man Holiday

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Raucous sequel, blending comedy and drama, in which a group of college friends reunite for a Christmas house party, only to find old problems and rivalries bubbling back up to the surface. One conflict divides a football star (Morris Chestnut) from his erstwhile closest pal (Taye Diggs) based on the latter's long-ago premarital dalliance with the gridiron great's now-happily married wife (Monica Calhoun). Another arises when a respected charter-school principal (Harold Perrineau) discovers that a vintage sex video making the rounds on the Internet shows his spouse (Regina Hall), an ex-stripper who now raises funds for his academy, prostituting herself at a fraternity party. Things turn serious with the revelation that one of the central figures is seriously ill. Though religion is unusually prominent in writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's follow-up to his 1999 feature "The Best Man," raunchy jokes are even more so.

Watch out for: Pornographic images involving upper female nudity and debased behavior, brief graphic marital lovemaking, excessive sexual humor, drug use, mature themes, including prostitution and promiscuity, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, and much rough and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013