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Taken on its own terms as a big-screen sitcom,Guess Whooffers plenty of humor with just enough social commentary to make its point without being preachy. Of course, we've come along way since interracial romance was such a hot-button issue in Stanley Kramer's earnest 1967 dramaGuess Who's Coming To Dinner, and nobody's going to mistake Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac (in this updated semi-remake) with the original film's Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy. And that's fine, becauseGuess Who--from the director ofBarbershop 2--doesn't pretend to be anything more than a slick, entertaining vehicle for domestic farce with the racial roles reversed. Kutcher's romance with an African-American beauty (Zoë Sandaña) causes sparks to fly when he's introduced to her father (Bernie Mac). What ensues is basically an interracial buddy comedy that's as uninspired as it is easy to watch, and there's a dinner-table scene that's refreshingly provocative in this movie's otherwise tamely cautious context. We can all be thankful that humanity has matured a little since the racial tensions of the late '60s, but Hollywood's progress (and Kutcher's career) remains subject to debate.--Jeff Shannon
Romatic Comedy The movie was okay, I'm a sucker for romatic comedies. It wasn't too great that I would wish to watch it in the theater, but it's good enough that I would watch it again over and over when I have time to waste. My husband didn't like it too much b/c it has a little bit of corny-ness...I have to say it's too weird watching Ashton Kutcher be serious. I watch too much of Punk'd where his goofy all the time...
Funny If I am the only person in this world who enjoyed this movie, then so be it! I thought it was hilarious, well-acted, touching, romantic and thought-provoking. It was a comedy, folks - so lighten up a little. It was not supposed to be a social commentary like the original Sidney Poitier film of the sixties.
I don't think interracial relationships are as shocking as they once were, so Bernie Mac gave a believable performance as a Black father who was not exactly thrilled with his daughter dating outside of her race.
I love Ashton Kutcher - especially in PUNK'D. Give him a break! And laugh a little - it can't hurt.More than Disappointing... For me, it's not about the fact that this movie is supposed to be a light-hearted remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, or that it's a 'racial' version of Meet the Parents. I hadn't even seen that many previews of the movie. I just heard it was a good film, and I thought I'd check it out.
Perhaps if the black love interest in this movie were as 'black' as Sydney Poitier, it would hold a bit more water for me. Once again, though, we black women must battle the eurocentric beauty standard. A white man falls in love with a black woman. Really? I suppose I would have been more intrigued if the woman had kinky hair, wide hips, generous lips and an ethnic nose. This woman looked like a 'europeanized' version of a black woman. I mean, really, make her skin a tad lighter and she could have been white! You wouldn't even have to TOUCH her hair! Forget the fact that the movie wasn't funny, and that I laughed maybe once throughout. Forget the fact that Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher (both of whom I really like) are the leading names in such a watered-down film. I'm talking about the subliminals here. Why would the black father be so uptight about her daughter dating a white guy (notice how he glances around to see what neighbors might be looking when his daughter first steps into the yard with her white boyfriend?) when he lives in what is likely a predominantly white suburb? He's living the life successful white men live every day --- should he even be surprised that his daughter is dating a white man? I have an even harder time believing that, despite this affluent lifestyle the parents lead, we see the wife chucking it up with her very 'black' friends over at her sister's house. You just KNOW that folks like these have got to have some white friends --- so where are THEY in the film??? It all seems to contrived to me, particularly this Cosby-like black fantasy world of affluence and family togetherness. It all feels very made up. Cast Angie Stone as the love interest and I may take it more seriously.