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Guess Who (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 2005 (USA)
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A young woman, Theresa, brings her boyfriend, Simon, home to meet her parents and surprise them with the news of their engagement. Another surprise: Simon is white.

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(motion picture "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), (story) | 4 more credits »
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Percy and Marilyn are renewing their vows for their anniversary, and their daughter Theresa brings her boyfriend Simon for them to meet. Unbeknownst to her parents, the kids plan to announce their engagement during the weekend. The Jones family is Black; Theresa neglects to tell them Simon is White. Race complicates Percy's general mistrust of any boyfriend, so he instigates an investigation of Simon, discovering he's recently lost his job and hasn't told Theresa. Mistrust rears its ugly head, and in the process of Theresa and Simon's argument, Marilyn and Percy fall out. What can the men do to cross the divide between each other and between men and women? Will anyone be exchanging vows? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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His daughter's Mr. Right just turned out to be... Mr. White. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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25 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dinner Party  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,671,446 (USA) (25 March 2005)

Gross:

$67,962,333 (USA) (20 May 2005)
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Trivia

At an estimated cost of $100,000, digital effects were used to remove Ashton Kutcher's red Kabbalah bracelet in every scene in which he appeared. See more »

Goofs

When everyone is gathered in the kitchen in the morning, Keisha is taking a big swig from the container with the green juice in it. In the very next shot, the juice container is sitting on the counter. See more »

Quotes

Simon Green: Why can't black people listen to country music?
Keisha Jones: Why?
Simon Green: Because every time they say "hoe-down" they think their sister got shot!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits lists all names with no spaces, but with different fonts for given names and surnames. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ashton Kutcher/Gwen Stefani (2005) See more »

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You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
(1976)
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Arranged, Produced and Performed by Marcus Miller
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The thing about my baby, it don't matter if you're black or white.
10 March 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Ashton Kutcher is going out with Zoe Saldana and while they do not have a problem with their relationship a lot of other people do. That's because Kutcher is white and Saldana, welllll, isn't. One of the main people having a problem with their relationship is Bernie Mac (playing Saldana's father), about to meet his daughter's partner for the first time and completely unprepared for the obvious racial differences between them. It's a remake of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner for the MTV generation.

I like Ashton Kutcher and I also like Bernie Mac so this movie benefits from their central performances. It also has to be said that the rest of the cast do just as well and are all likable enough. So the cast isn't a problem.

There is also a little bit more going on here than you might expect, with the movie admirably tackling not only racism from one point of view but any prejudice between races, generations and classes. It's actually a bit braver than most during some moments (ie, Kutcher relating a number of "black" jokes at the dinner table) but then, sadly, dwindles back to rom-com clichés whenever scenes are lacking any tension.

The direction from Kevin Rodney Sullivan is blah, everything stays within very standard Hollywood limits and, for the most part, it's unexciting, safe movie-making at its most average with character development at its lamest. Which is a shame. Because I DO like Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac.

See this if you like: Just Married, Save The Last Dance, Soul Man.


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