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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Doug Atchison, Rebecca Gilman (play) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Nothing is as simple as black and white. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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American Pie
Written by Ryan Howe and Mark Davis
Performed by Madd Flo and Richard Stites
Produced by Ryan Howe and Mark Davis
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It's disappointing overall!
27 May 2013 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Sarah Jessica Parker steps away from her Carrie Bradshaw character and plays a Dean of Students at a small liberal arts college in Vermont. The film has an all star cast including Beau Bridges and Miranda Richardson as the other deans. James Rebhorn is always welcome on screen as the President of the College. Mykelti Williamson plays a local reporter. The story about a racism incident at the college creates a stir among the faculty and students. Parker's Dean character faces her own issues about race and her history in Chicago at a largely African American college, Lancaster College. In this film, Parker does a decent job but the script is weak and poorly adapted from the stage. Parker has her best moments when she confronts her racist views and feelings. While the cast is all star, the script weakens the film. To me, not much happens at all.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spinning Into Butter See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,534, 29 March 2009

Gross USA:

$8,064

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,064
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