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The thing about my baby, it don't matter if you're black or white.
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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