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Black People Hate Me and They Hate My Glasses (2000)

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A guy tells a shaggy-dog story to a restaurant crew on a ten-minute break. He takes us back to 1992: he's walking down a New York City street with two women when a Black couple asks for ... See full summary »

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A guy tells a shaggy-dog story to a restaurant crew on a ten-minute break. He takes us back to 1992: he's walking down a New York City street with two women when a Black couple asks for directions. This event leads a lecture from the two women, a memory from his Bar Mitzvah, a moral dilemma, a mugging, the loss of two pairs of glasses, an upbraiding from an optician, a basketball game, and running commentary from his co-workers in front of the restaurant as he tells the story. It and the break come to an end: has he made friends, advanced race relations, entertained? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Acting, smart direction make this short film hilarious!
1 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

When a bespectacled white guy (Andrew Gurland) gets his glasses broken, he builds a conspiracy theory about why they keep getting broken. A simple and silly plot that should be told in about a minute would probably make for some mild, nervous amusement, in the same genre of listening to the crazy guy on the streets of Berkeley trying to peddle his "voice of the people" paper. But "Black People Hate Me and They Hate My Glasses" is not just the simple plot. In fact, it's really about the glasses-wearing main character and his inability to--no matter how desperate he tries--fit in with society. The hilarity is derived from the subplots that are merely digressions of the main plot. From these digressions, we become familiar with both the tangential storytelling technique of the main character portrayed by Gurland, and various aspects of Gurland's social life. Borrowing from New Yorker-type humorists like Seinfeld and Woody Allen, watching this hip, neurotic, paranoid funnyman is quite entertaining in a non-mainstream, gen-x kind of way. Four stars. Josh Bob says check it out, if you like funny, non-mainstream, gen-x type movies.


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