Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed... See full summary »
Ernest R. Dickerson
Zachary Simmons Glover
All his life, African-American Renato has been raised in an Italian-American family. Completely unaware that he is Black, his life is upended when his birth parents materialize, causing Renato to examine what he true heritage is.
I loved this film. The dog got to control the action and made sure every other character got what he or she deserved. He got to play the role of God, the wise and fair judge. I saw the whole thing as one great spoof on every imaginable cultural and plot stereotype. I found myself suspending disbelief, hardly able to wait to discover how the author would resolve the conflict without anyone telling the police, yet never took any of it seriously. It even poked fun at the typical happy ending and the Motion Picture Code rules. That's the way it struck me. I have to confess that I was watching at midnight, ready for anything light, and that I like dogs.
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