Weekend Movie Guide: Finally, That ‘Best Man’ Sequel We Needed

Opening Everywhere: The Best Man Holiday

Opening Somewhere: Nebraska, Charlie Countryman

FilmDrunk Suggests: Well, this is a rather boring movie weekend. That is, unless you’ve been dying to know what the crew from The Best Man is up to these days, in which case congrats and good luck. In the meantime, I started working on the Worst Movies of 2013 list, so if you’ve got any suggestions or picks, lay them on me in the comments.

The Best Man Holiday

Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 62% critics, 85% audience

Gratuitous Review Quotes:

A movie that does to your emotions exactly what one player does to another on the big Christmas game day: slams them to the ground and stomps them silly. – Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail

Even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it’s hard to hate. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times

Armchair Analysis: Aside from single women and the people in this movie, is there anyone who really needed this film in their lives?


Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 89% critics, 87% audience

Gratuitous Review Quotes:

Payne shows a great deal of affection for these ornery, not always so soft-spoken Midwesterners, but he also demonstrates a fair amount of disaffection, too. – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The performances are what truly accentuate this narrative. Forte carries off every complex quirk, while seasoned actor Dern is uncharacteristically subdued. – Jessica Herndon, Associated Press

Armchair Analysis: Black and white movies put me to sleep. Even if they do have great casts and very unique plots.

Charlie Countryman

Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 31% critics, 41% audience

Gratuitous Review Quotes:

This catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup. – Steven Holden, New York Times

Even though you learn that Charlie is absolute aces at running from bad guys, the character pretty much remains a confusing, empty vessel. As does the movie. – Tom Long, Detroit News

Armchair Analysis: Someone should tell Shia LaBeouf that eventually, in a shitty actor’s quest to be taken seriously and accepted as an artist, he has to make a movie that people like. Maybe Joaquin Phoenix can pull out of his teenage girlfriend for a minute and offer LaBeef some advice.