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Guess Who
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Starring: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: www..../movies/guesswho/
Kiddie Movie: 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.
Date Movie: She might get bad ideas about how she should be treated, but let her sit on the couch while you watch it on DVD.
Gratuitous Sex: Some talk, but sadly, and ever so sadly, Zoe keeps her clothes on.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: A couple of good laughs.
Memorable Scene: When Simon goes to Percy's basement and realizes just how much of a NASCAR dad Percy really is.
Memorable Quote: Simon to Percy:  "Hope you like seafood."
Directed By: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Produced By: Jason Goldberg, Erwin Stoff,  Jenno Topping

Guess Who
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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

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!! L8R!!!

 

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