What Color Is Love? (2009)
"Playing for Keeps" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  18 January 2009 (USA)
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A white woman has an affair with a married African-American basketball star and challenges him for custody of their mixed-race son. Based on a true story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Alpern
Ty Rivers (as Roger Cross)
Peter Marcheson
Daryl Alpern
Beverly Rivers
Daniel Gibson
Bonnie Alpern
Amy Jansen
Henry Wang
Marsha Barclay


In Vancouver, black professional basketball star Tyler 'Ty' Rivers has an adulterous affair with white "party animal" Nicole Alpern. When she announces the pill failed, he questions his paternity and dumps her. A few months after Noah's birth Ty demands his rights as a father, supported by his black wife, Beverly, with whom he raises two daughters. Only her remarried father stands by Nicole after her lawyer, Henry Wong, dumps her as an impossibly unpredictable, incorrigible client. No one offers to step in, except brilliant young attorney, Peter Marcheson, who wants the high-profile exposure and agrees to take the case pro bono. Marcheson wins the case, but Ty's lawyer, Daniel Gibson, takes it to the British Columbia court of Appeal, where he wins based on a racial prejudice experience argumentation. Now only the Supreme Court of Canada could set a precedent and reverse the decision. Written by KGF Vissers

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What Color Is Love?  »

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Poor BM : ( ...NOT! - Borat
22 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is so awful about this movie is the way they, unsuccessfully, frame Nicole as a sympathetic character and the way they try to highlight the non-existent race issue. Nicole deserved absolutely nothing because:

1. She had an affair with another woman's husband.

2. She is a single mother and broke making her unable to provide for the child.

3. She is alone and has no husband or kids of her own. The child would be better off with a family that is related to him, who has children, a mother and a father. The child would be happier with his father, a mother and siblings.

4. The child's father and his family love the child and would not do anything to hurt him so he would have the love and support he needs from a family instead of with a single mother.

5. She is promiscuous.

The bottom line is that this woman had no consideration for her child when she conceived him, gave birth to him, selfishly considered him her meal ticket and thought that the baby has some power to validate her as a person. News flash: the baby doesn't love you, the baby must be taught to love by you and if you live a selfish, woe as me existence, constantly playing the victim and expecting others to pay for your mistakes, including the existing children and wife of the man you are screwing behind their backs, you should expect to be treated as the selfish, stupid, juvenile, unfit, ill-equipped, sorry excuse for a mother and woman that you are.

Message to all the girls out there who think they can be gold-digging whores and everything will work out if they hang in there and "do what's best for the child": YOU ARE WRONG!

No one deserves to have a child and those who do have a child should be mature enough to treat the child like a human being, not some magical idol that can save your life, validate you and pad your bank account all at the same time.

Nicole should give up the child, find her own life and identity and stop using the child for her selfish reasons.


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