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||Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher
It's really an adult film even though it's PG-13.
Leave them in the other room when you finally watch it on cable.
||She might get bad
ideas about how she should be treated, but let her sit on the
couch while you watch it on DVD.
||Some talk, but
sadly, and ever so sadly, Zoe keeps her clothes on.
||A couple of good
||When Simon goes to
Percy's basement and realizes just how much of a NASCAR dad
Percy really is.
||Simon to Percy:
"Hope you like seafood."
Erwin Stoff, Jenno Topping
Sometimes the only hope for a movie is when it gives you
everything your really expected. "Guess Who" was that movie
for me this weekend. Now donít get me wrong, "Guess Who" is
no masterpiece in any sense of the word, nor does it really
try to preach much on the social repercussions of
interracial marriages, but if, from the trailer, you figured
that Bernie Mac as Percy the Dad wouldnít take it too well
that his daughter loved a white dude, you figured that
Ashton Kutcher as Simon the boyfriend would be an awkward,
geeky dude not really knowing how to get Dad to like him,
and you figured that somehow Percy and Simon would need each
other to get their respective love interests back, well, you
pretty much figured out the movie. Hereís a little more
about the storyÖ
A Movie Review
Yup, Simon loves Theresa (Zoe Saldana) and Theresa loves
Simon. Theyíre off to visit her parents, Percy and Marilyn
(Judith Scott), who are celebrating their 25th
wedding anniversary. What better time to announce you are
dating a dorky white dude and are planning on getting
married? As things go, things donít go too well. Percy
already has a great image of Simon by pulling his credit
record, which tells Percy everything is great with Simon
although doesnít let him know he is white. Upon meeting
Simon, Percy, of course, starts giving him the third degree,
as any Dad would, but Simon fails miserably. Meanwhile, he
is also hoarding a deep, dark secret (alright, not really
deep and dark, but you know itís going to come up later).
And so, as Simon gets introduced to the family, hilarity (or
at least some slight jocularity) ensues. Yup, Marilyn gets
mad at Percy, Theresa gets mad at Simon, and yup, Percy and
Simon have some male bonding to make everything better.
Look, thatís all you really need to know about this
movie. The jokes are pretty generic, but for some reason I
laughed anyway, mostly because of Bernie Mac. Really, this
movie didnít have to be about a white dude marrying a black
girl and her overprotective dad worrying about his baby
girl. Nope, you could have had a dorky white dude marrying
the daughter of a white, overprotective pro football player,
a dorky black dude marrying the daughter of a black,
overprotective pro football player, and you could really get
the same story, without the racial jokes.
Ashton Kutcher did well as the dorky white dude insecure
about how Dad will take to him, but it really is Bernie Mac
who keeps this movie alive. He is rough, abrasive,
non-trusting, and willing to put any dude through the paces
who loves his baby girl. Just what every dad should be.
There was one lesson to be learned, however, if you are a
dorky white dude meeting your girlfriendís black dad: When
asked if you played any sports, and of course, since you are
a dorky white dude you havenít, and since Dad will then
think you are a wuss, choose hockey as your fake sport
instead of NASCAR. Who knew Percy would be a NASCAR dad?
"Guess Who" is an alright movie, and even though Iím
giving it 3 stars out of 5, Iím not saying that itís a "go
to the theater" kind of movie. Wait for a rental, or even
cable. Youíll probably chuckle a little, and maybe learn a
little more about what your wife wants from you.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!