Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith recently got “all up in the business” of the Best Man Holiday cast, as they gave updates about where the characters are picking up 15 years after the 1999 hit movie The Best Man left off. Who better to get everyone caught up on where Harper, Jordan, Lance, Julian, Robin, Mia, Candy and the rest of the gang are now, than someone just as used to on-screen drama?
If you don’t have time to watch The Best Man eight times in row like I did this weekend (what else are you doing?) before Holiday hits theaters Friday, November 15, use our cheat sheet to get up to speed.
Where We Left Him: Central character Harper managed to salvage his best friend Lance’s wedding after it came out that he had slept with his intended Mia back in college. He got a black eye and nearly took a spill over a rooftop, but managed to work things out. Harper even held on to his relationship with his girlfriend Robin even after he nearly cheated with the best girlfriend he never had, Jordan. He sealed his fidelity with a surprise proposal to Robin at Lance and Mia’s wedding.
Where He Is Now: Taye Diggs says to expect realistic progression of his central character Harper. The formerly rising new writer with a hot (and controversial) new book is now an established author struggling with a sophomore slump. Looks like all of his lucky breaks from the first movie finally ran out. On the plus side, Harper put a ring on Robin sometime during the 15 years that followed, so at least he has her support.
Where We Left Her: Jordan was more or less the female Harper. She had to let go of the past, though, when she realized her boy-who-got-away was truly in love with Robin. Jordan gave Harper and Robin her blessing, leaving us to wonder if her six month drought would ever end.
Where She Is Now: Nia Long wasn’t present during Yandy’s talk with the rest of the gang but it looks like Jordan’s production career has skyrocketed over 15 years. And her new beau Brian McDaniels, played by Eddie Cibrian, seems to be the “tall vanilla shake” to help Jordan with those raging hormones Harper left her with a decade before.
Where We Left Him: The Bible-touting best friend of the crew nearly threw all his morals and Harper out the window after Lance found out his best man slept with his wife-to-be, Mia, back in college. Lance said I do’s anyway, but not without some painfully sexy images of his best girl and best friend getting it on running through his mind at the alter.
Where He Is Now: No longer a new superstar of the NFL, Lance is the NFL superstar as a key Giants running back. Morris Chestnut wasn’t with Yandy and the rest of the cast to confirm, but it looks like he may still be having trouble dealing with Mia’s long-ago infidelity with Harper.
Where We Left Him: Murch fell in love with a stripper like a T-Pain song when he saw Candy dance at his bestie Lance’s bachelor. Lucky for him Candy turned out to be a well-read college student with a penchant for Audre Lorde and that was all the sign Murch needed to grow a pair and dump his pushy girlfriend Shelby at Lance and Mia’s wedding.
Where He Is Now: Romantic Julian made Candy his wife, ’natch, but don’t expect him to be pushed around like he was with his ex Shelby. “Julian is now much more of a man than he was before…because he’s found his soulmate,” Harold Perrineau said. Despite being a lot more sure of himself now, poor Murch still has insecurites about Candice’s past as an exotic entertainer.
Where We Left Him: Our favorite sh*t-stirrer Q went out with a literal bang in a post-credits scene that featured him waking up in bed the morning after Lance and Mia’s wedding with his bud Julian’s bitter ex-girlfriend Shelby. It was still up in the air whether Q would ditch his playboy ways in favor of getting a real job and running his family’s hotel business.
Where He Is Now: Terrence Howard couldn’t make the cast’s chat with Yandy, but it looks like his character Quentin is still into getting busy on the regular in the sequel despite his now-businessman status. Wonder if his wedding rebound Shelby will be able to tame him when they get back together.
Where We Left Her: Poor Robin was shocked to find out fresh off the plane that her boyfriend of two years, Harper, almost slept with his girl bestie Jordan right before she landed. Despite the drama that ensued after the revelation, Robin accepted Harper’s unexpected marriage proposal on the dance floor at Lance and Mia’s wedding.
Where She Is Now: Robin finally found her calling as a
comedian jewelry maker teacher executive chef, according to Sanaa Lathan. Most importantly, she’s finally about to be a first-time mommy after some difficulty trying due to Harper’s “low sperm count.”
Where We Left Her: She wound up in the bed of her ex’s womanizing best friend, Quentin, after getting unceremoniously dumped by an uncharacteristically bold Julian Murch on the steps of the church at Lance and Mia’s wedding.
Where She Is Now: Murch’s bossy ex is now the bossy reality TV star of the Real Housewives variety. She’s “bigger, better and badder” with enough bling and attitude to make a Love & Hip Hop star like Yandy proud according to actress Melissa De Sousa. In other words, looks like Shelby will still be bringing the theatrics to the sequel. Here’s hoping no drinks or bottles are thrown.
Where We Left Her: Mia just married her college sweetheart Lance Sullivan despite him nearly calling off the wedding after finding out she cheated on him with their mutual close friend (and Lance’s titular best man) back in their undergrad days.
Where She Is Now: Now Mrs. Sullivan, Mia shares a a beautiful home with her NFL star hubby Lance and several children. Are the kids are all hers with Lance? Maybe that telltale throat clearing and chuckle from Monica Calhoun and the rest of the cast conceals something not so happily ever after under the surface.
Where We Left Her: Candy the college stripper with a love of literature escorted our newly emboldened Julian Murch to his best friend’s wedding. Looks like it was grind at first site for Candy and her new beau despite him being in a relationship when they met at Lance’s bachelor party and him not even getting her last name. Did she have a last name?
Where She Is Now: Candy the stripper is gone and in her place is Candice: teacher, wife and mother. Regina Hall says despite Candice’s life turnaround she still has to contend with her pre-iPhone past coming back to haunt her in the age of YouTube and Twitter.
[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]