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Of course this movie is mostly being blasted because it was released so
shortly after the success of "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers",
which uses the exact some concept. Only difference with this movie is
that it's about an interracial couple. But also when you look beyond
this and ignore the fact that this movie is basically the interracial
version of "Meet the Parents", it just isn't a great movie because for
a comedy its surely lacking. Basically Bernie Mac was the only reason
that I still found this movie to be an enjoyable one to watch.
Perhaps biggest problem is that the movie is too predictable. No not
just with its story, I mean basically everyone already knows in advance
how this movie is going to end but also comical wise the movie is too
predictable. They surely didn't came up with a whole lot of original
moments and because everything happens in such a predictable manner,
the comedy also just doesn't always work out.
The movie could had been a better one, had it handled its subject of an
interracial relationship better. That way the movie could perhaps had
send out a message but it doesn't really does so now. The movie doesn't
take away any stereotypes, instead it only sort of confirms them and it
happily does so, in order to provide the movie with racial-typed humor.
Somehow I have the feeling that it perhaps could had worked out better
had the guy been black and the girl white and so her parents, who they
are visiting, as was the case in the original movie this movie got
based on; "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", staring Spencer Tracy, Sidney
Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, which was also a drama rather than a
comedy. Even though I haven't seen that movie yet I still am sure of it
that that movie its theme worked out better, perhaps also because it
was a '60's movie when interracial relationships obviously were still a
bigger issue. Seriously, when I take a black girl or Asian or whatever
home one of these my parents surely won't make a big issue out of it at
all. So isn't this a movie a bit too outdated already with its theme
and only relevant had it been made about 40 years ago? That is if the
film-makers intentions were to take away the stereotypes and
reluctances and intolerability of people towards interracial
relationship but I have the idea that the film-makers simply dropped
this idea and intentions and went for a simple full-blood comedy
I haven't seen Bernie Mac in an awful lot of movies, also since he
started out pretty late white his acting career but so far I have
always liked him in his comical roles. He plays it serious and
sarcastic rather than over-the-top funny which makes him such a great
and hilarious actor in my opinion. It's also mostly his movie in my
opinion and Asthon Kutcher gets pushed more to the background by him,
even though Ashton Kutcher surely ain't a bad actor either, no matter
what other people always say about him.
A comedy you can surely do without but when you decide to watch it
you'll still be most likely lightly entertained by it.
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