White Man, Black Woman

Guess Who came out when interracial relationships were common. So unlike the movie it’s loosely remaking, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, it doesn’t exactly strike the same cord. Since interracial marriage was illegal in most states back then. Only starting to change at that point in the 60’s. The only thing interracial couples have to face in present day are stares from idiots. Which is why Guess Who plays out more as a straight up comedy. Guess Who also flips the races of the couple. Making it about a white man and a black woman instead of the other way around. Something I can relate to a little more since my mom is black and my dad is white. The one thing they don’t do which I feel takes away from the message is not having the boyfriend’s family. Instead we just see a black families perspective. Making the movie feel unbalanced and at times unfocused. Guess Who is more concerned with disapproving father antics. Even if Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, and Zoe Saldana are trying their best. You don’t really get the same hard hitting social commentary that the original had. Guess Who could have worked if it didn’t treat everything like a joke. Luckily another movie came out a year later that did it better (see that review here).

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Simon confronts Theresa’s father

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