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A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.

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Mark Brokaw

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Sarah Daniels
Miranda Richardson ... Dean Catherine Kenney
Victor Rasuk ... Patrick Chibas
Jake M. Smith ... Jason
Becky Ann Baker ... Ruby
Daniel Eric Gold ... Nathan
Richard Riehle ... Paul Meyers
Paul James ... Simon Brick
Beau Bridges ... Dean Burton Strauss
Peter Friedman ... Jay Salter
Jessi Campbell Jessi Campbell ... Lindsey
Emma Myles ... Anika
Enver Gjokaj ... Greg Sullivan
DeWanda Wise ... Claudia Thompson
Jimonn Cole Jimonn Cole ... Tyler Hogan
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Storyline

Sarah Daniels taught in a Lancaster school and developed deep prejudice against minorities, especially blacks. She decided to re-locate to Belmont, Vermont with the hopes that it will be 'all white', and gets hired in Belmont College. She does not disclose her past to anyone, but when an African-American student, Simon Brick, becomes the victim of hate crime, she soon realizes that not only will her past return to haunt her, she will be expected to be the liaison person for the minorities, as well as be asked to prepare a 10-point bullet-ed list to resolve racism. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,534, 29 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,534, 29 March 2009
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Not bad at all
23 December 2009 | by dmasurskySee all my reviews

My expectations were very low, so that may be why I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. I like SJP much more in this type of role than the endless incarnations of Carrie Bradshaw that she has played. She has great comic timing, but she has more to offer, and that's on display here (check her out in Smart People for more of what I'm talking about).

Anyway, racism is a tough issue and hasn't been dealt with on film in any credible way for many years (I just saw a promo for a new Hughes Brother movie and it looks like a standard action picture with nothing much to say about anything). Spike Lee is making heist movies and John Singleton is completely MIA. So I'll take what I can get.

No, it's not a perfect movie, but it kept my interest and it tried to show a bunch of different viewpoints. That's worth watching right there. I found most of the characters sympathetic, even the awkward, messed up ones - everyone has their reasons for behaving like they do. Yes, the characters are "types" to some extent, but how can you address this issue without showing standard actions that we all have seen? I lived in Philadelphia for many years and worked at Temple University (not unlike the fictional Lancaster College in the film) and now live in very white Clay NY. I could totally relate to the Dean's dilemma - seeing people who fit the stereotype, but then feeling weak for avoiding the problem. I thought it was pretty real.

And I just loved the closing shot - great way to end.

Unless you are determined to hate it, check this movie out - it's not a waste of time and it just might make you think.


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