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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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William Rose (motion picture "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), David Ronn (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Mac ... Percy Jones
Ashton Kutcher ... Simon Green
Zoe Saldana ... Theresa Jones (as Zoë Saldaña)
Judith Scott ... Marilyn Jones
Hal Williams ... Howard Jones
Kellee Stewart ... Keisha Jones
Robert Curtis Brown ... Dante
RonReaco Lee ... Reggie (as Ronreaco Lee)
Paula Newsome ... Darlene
Phil Reeves ... Fred
Sherri Shepherd ... Sydney
Nicole Sullivan ... Liz Klein
Jessica Cauffiel ... Polly
JoNell Kennedy ... Winnie (as Jonell Kennedy)
Niecy Nash ... Naomi
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

His house. His rules. Some in-laws were made to be broken. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dinner Party See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,671,446, 27 March 2005

Gross USA:

$68,915,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,121,466
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The director's reason for making the film? "I have a 12-and-a-half-year-old daughter who's beautiful, and I'm sure she's going to come home one day with some Lithuanian, Samoan, punk-rock drummer dude, and I thought if I did this movie I'd be able to work out my issues before that day comes." See more »

Goofs

After Simon and Theresa escape from the basement and are standing on the top of the fort, the moon is backwards (flipped shot). See more »

Quotes

Polly: Next please.
Percy: Hi, reservation for Percy Jones.
Polly: And that's Jones with a J?
Percy: No Jones with a P. I made reservation last week.
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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 Crossover (2006) See more »

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Papa Don't Take No Mess
(1974)
Written by Charles Bobbitt, James Brown, John Starks and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An Enjoyable Light Comedy
9 August 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

Percy Jones (Bernie Mac) is trying to protect his daughter Theresa (Zoe Saldana) from ending up with the wrong guy, and though he does a thorough background check on her new boyfriend Simon (Ashton Kutcher), there's only one thing his research didn't tell him. He's white and he wants to marry his daughter.

The "meeting the parents" premise has been done to death recently with Monster-in Law and Meet the Fockers being the most recent films. However, what the film lacks in originality, it makes it up with laughs. There were a lot of funny moments and the movie hardly ever got boring. However, most of the funny bits were used in the trailer and this makes the jokes a little less effective since they are already expected. Also, the repeat value of the movie is very low. It's worth watching once but that's pretty much it. I don't think that's a bad thing since most light comedies are like that.

I think the film works well because of the two leads. Both Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher give funny performances and they have nice chemistry together. Their scenes were the best and they never felt forced. Zoe Saldana also gives a good performance and she has come a long way from appearing in Crossroads. Most of the supporting actors are also funny including Judith Scott, who plays Bernie Mac's wife. Mike Epps also makes a cameo though it wasn't that good.

Kevin Rodney Sullivan directs and he only does an okay job. The first half of the film is pretty funny and the racial issues are handled lightly. During the second half, the film becomes all serious and it's kind of awkward. The director ditches the laughs for awhile and he approaches the issue in a mature manner. It kind of works but some of the serious scenes felt fake. It seemed like the actors were about to burst out laughing at any second and the film also got kind of dull. The ending was surprisingly strong though. The changes of tone in the film worked out okay but they weren't as effective as they could have been. In the end, Guess Who is worth a rental, nothing more though. Rating 7/10


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